The Michigan Department of Education has published a statewide map that provides residents with locations of all of the sites that will be distributing meals to families during the school closures that were ordered last week by the governor’s office.
The map, found here, will be updated twice each day during the closure period, which is expected to last until at least April 6.
Up to two free meals a day are being made available to all children up to 18 years old under the Unanticipated School Closure Summer Food Service Program. Last week, Detroit Public Schools Community District officials announced that 58 district buildings would partially open for limited hours to families to pick up breakfast and/or lunch beginning Wednesday, March 18.
Meanwhile, Gleaners Community Food Bank, the largest provider of food to families in need in southeast Michigan, announced earlier this week that it would expand mobile food distribution efforts with drive-up food pickup locations throughout the region, though those details have still not been released as of Tuesday afternoon (March 17).
This story is developing and we are making every effort to provide Metro Detroiters with the most up to date information. If you know of other ways that residents can access food during the coronavirus pandemic crisis, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article was made possible by the Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund, a project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, that’s working to increase quality journalism and help better inform communities.
Author: Serena Maria Daniels
Serena Maria Daniels is the co-founder and head chingona of Tostada Magazine. She is an award-winning journalist based in Detroit and specializes on the intersection of food, identity, and culture.
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