City of Detroit expands meal distribution and grocery pick-up program

Posted at 4:08 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 16:30:53-04

(WXYZ) — The City of Detroit has expanded meal distribution at recreation centers starting next week to support families with children in need. The news comes after Detroit Public Schools Community District reduced its distribution to two days a week.

Beginning March 30, meal-pickups will be provide day the following recreation centers from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Adams Butzel Recreation Center, 10500 Lyndon
  • Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive
  • Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort Street
  • Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere starting March 30

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, meals will also be picked up at these two recreation centers from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Crowell Recreation Center, 16630 Lahser
  • Lasky Recreation Center, 13200 Fenelon

The move will allow the city to serve nearly 40,000 meals to kids every week. A complete listing of places can be found

Detroit Charter Schools have also committed to providing free breakfast and lunch for any Detroit child, regardless of where they attend school.

You can get it from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday at any location.

  • Cornerstone Health and Technology High School
  • Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy
  • Cornerstone Lincoln-King Academy (Adams Young Campus)
  • Cornerstone Washington-Parks
  • Cornerstone Madison-Carver Academy
  • Covenant House Academy Detroit (SW Site)
  • Covenant House Academy Detroit (Central Site)
  • Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Detroit Achievement Academy
  • Detroit Edison Public School Academy
  • Detroit Enterprise Academy
  • Detroit Leadership Academy (High School)
  • Detroit Leadership Academy (Prek-8 Site)
  • Detroit Merit Charter Academy
  • Detroit Premier Academy
  • Detroit Prep
  • Escuela Avancemos
  • Hope Academy
  • Hope Academy
  • New Paradigm College Prep
  • New Paradigm Glazer Academy
  • New Paradigm Loving Academy
  • Plymouth Education Center
  • University Prep Academy High School

The city has also worked with Gleaners to provide alternative sites where families can get groceries. Gleaners will provide two weeks of groceries to families with children at these locations.

  • Roberto Clemente Recreation Center, 2631 Bagley
    • 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Every other Wednesday started March 25
  • Heilmann Recreation Center, 13200 Fenelon
    • 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Every other Thursday starting March 26
  • Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, 2751 Robert Bradby Drive
    • 1:30 – 4:30 PM, Every other Saturday starting March 28
  • Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval
    • 9:00 am – 12:00 PM, Every other Monday starting March 30

Also the Detroit Area Agency on Aging is providing frozen meals for seniors ages 60 and up every Wednesday from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the following City of Detroit Recreation Centers:

  • Adams Butzel Recreation Center, 10500 Lyndon
  • Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive
  • Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere
  • Joseph Walker Williams Recreation Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd.

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