Where Kids Can Pick Up Free School Meals During COVID-19

Many kids depend on their schools to get nutritious meals. COVID-19 means many schools in Michigan are closed through April 13, but some schools are offering free meals to kids during this time.

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For more than 22 million children nationwide, school isn’t just where they learn, it’s where they receive necessary meals.

Due to coronavirus concerns, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced schools in Michigan will be closed until at least April 13. In the meantime, those kids who rely on school lunches need to keep receiving them. 

Every school district is handling the food distribution separately. We compiled our list with help from ClickonDetroit and MLive‘s earlier lists, along with additional research on schools’ websites and Facebook pages. Chalkbeat Detroit created a handy map to locate your closest food pickup location, too.

Note: Meals are typically free for any child under the age of 18 and students with disabilities ages 18-26. At most pick-up sites, kids don’t need to be present and you can call ahead to receive allergy-friendly meals. Check ahead, as all days and times are subject to change as this situation evolves. Delivery options may be available as well.

Anchor Bay School District

  • Days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Hours: Noon-1 p.m.
  • Locations: A bus with meals will be parked at every school. Plus, The Shores of Anchor Bay, 7061 Bethuy Road, Fair Haven; Americana Estates of Casco, 5407 Aloha Lane, Casco; Millstone Pond, 37781 Sandstone Trail #3157, Lenox Township

Ann Arbor Public Schools 

  • Days: March 20, 24, 27, 31 and April 2. Pick up will include multiple meals (of breakfast and lunch) to last until the next pick up day. Watch for additional dates.
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; noon-1:15 p.m. at Peace Neighborhood Center
  • Locations: 
    • Peace Neighborhood Center, Peace Maple Meadows Satellite
    • West Arbor Satellite, 1111 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor
    • Pinelake Village Cooperative Apartments (outside the clubhouse), 2680 Adrienne Drive, Ann Arbor
    • Lakestone Apartments, (outside the clubhouse) 4275 Eyrie Drive, Ann Arbor
    • Scio Farms (outside the clubhouse), 6655 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor
    • Orchard Grove (outside the clubhouse), 2835 S. Wagner, Ann Arbor
    • Carpenter Elementary (outside the school), 4250 Central Blvd., Ann Arbor
    • Scarlett Middle School (outside the school), 3300 Lorraine St., Ann Arbor
    • Carrot Way, 1731 Dhu Varren Road, Ann Arbor
    • Arbor Club Apartments, 1100 Rabbit Run Circle, Ann Arbor
    • Avalon Housing, 701 Miller Ave., Ann Arbor
    • Avalon Housing, 1500 Pauline Blvd., Ann Arbor
    • Coachville, 3423 Carpenter Road, Ann Arbor
    • Arbor Meadows, 5229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti  
    • Arrowwood Hills Community Center, 2566 Arrowwood Trail, Ann Arbor
    • Bryant Community Center, 3 W. Eden Court, Ann Arbor
    • Green Baxter Court Community Center, 1737 Green Road, Ann Arbor
    • Hikone Community Center, 2724 Hikone Drive, Ann Arbor

Avondale School District

  • Days: Fridays (breakfast and lunch for four days will be given out)
  • Hours: 9-11 a.m.; noon-1 p.m.
  • Locations:
    • Auburn Elementary, 2900 Waukegan St., Auburn Hills
    • Deerfield Elementary, 3600 Crooks Road, Rochester Hills
    • R. Grant Graham Elementary, 2450 Old Salem Road, Auburn Hills
    • Woodland Elementary, 6465 Livernois Road, Troy
    • Avondale Middle School, 145 W Auburn Road, Rochester Hills

Birmingham Public Schools 

  • Days: Mondays-Fridays
  • Locations:
    • 10 a.m.-noon at Groves High School, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills
    • 10-11 a.m. Derby Middle School, 1300 Derby Road, Birmingham
    • 10-11 a.m. Huntley Square Apartments, 31065 Huntley Square, Beverly Hills 

Bloomfield Hills Schools 

  • Days: Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Locations:
    • Main entrance of Bloomfield Hills High School, 4200 Andover Road, Bloomfield Hills
    • Main entrance of East Hills Middle School, 2800 Kensington Road, Bloomfield Hills

Canton’s High Velocity Sports 

  • Days: Mondays-Fridays
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Location: 46245 Michigan Ave., Canton

Center Line Public Schools 

  • Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
  • Hours: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Locations: All designated bus stops; see the full list here.

Chelsea School District

  • Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Locations: Chelsea High School, 740 N Freer Road, Chelsea

Dearborn Public Schools

  • Days: Mondays-Fridays
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Locations:
    • Fordson High School, 13800 Ford Road, Dearborn
    • Edsel Ford High School, 20601 Rotunda Drive, Dearborn
    • Dearborn High School, 19501 W. Outer Drive, Dearborn
    • McCollough-Unis School, 7801 Maple St., Dearborn
    • Salina Intermediate School, 2623 Salina St., Dearborn
    • Woodworth Middle School, 4951 Ternes, Dearborn

Detroit Public Schools Community District

Dexter Community Schools 

  • Days: Tuesday and Fridays
  • Hours: 8-9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
  • Locations: Mill Creek Middle School, 7305 Dexter Ann Arbor Road, Dexter

Garden City Public Schools 

  • Days: Mondays-Fridays
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Locations: Students must be present to pick up meals.
    • Farmington 5 6 Campus, 33411 Marquette St., Garden City
    • Garden City High School, 1333 Radcliff St., Garden City

Holly Area Schools 

  • Days: Check ahead for latest
  • Hours: Vary/location
  • Locations: 
    • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Holly Elementary School 
    • Noon-1 p.m. Holly Hills Manufactured Home Community (parking lot by the clubhouse), 16181 Lancaster Way, Holly
    • 10-11 a.m. Groveland Manor (driveway by the pool), 13318 Dixie Highway, Holly 
    • Noon-1 p.m. Meadow Lake Mobile Home Park (parking lot by the clubhouse), 3951 Bentwood Circle, White Lake Charter Township
    • 11 a.m.-noon Oakhill Estate (parking lot by the clubhouse), 16971 Sleepy Hollow Blvd., Holly
    • Noon-1 p.m. Springrove (front entrance), 10771 Dixie Highway, Springfield Township.

Harper Woods School District 

  • Days: Mondays-Fridays
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Locations: 
    • Beacon Elementary School, 19475 Beaconsfield St., Harper Woods
    • Harper Woods High School, 20225 Beaconsfield St., Harper Woods
    • Triumph Middle School, 19800 Anita St., Harper Woods
    • Tyrone Elementary School, 19525 Tyrone St., Harper Woods 

Hazel Park Schools 

  • Days: Mondays-Fridays
  • Hours: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Locations: 
    • Hazel Park High School, 23400 Hughes Ave., Hazel Park
    • United Oaks Elementary School, 1001 Harry Ave., Hazel Park
    • Webb Elementary School, 2100 Woodward Heights, Ferndale

Lapeer Community Schools 

  • Days: Mondays and Thursdays (see the latest here)
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Locations: CS Center for Innovation (formerly Lapeer West High School), 170 Millville Road, Lapeer

Lincoln Consolidated Schools 

  • Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Locations: Lincoln High School, 7425 Willis Road

Milan Area Schools 

  • Days: Fridays; must be pre-ordered by 5 p.m. Thursdays
  • Hours: 4-5 p.m. (pick-up, delivery)
  • Location: Paddock Elementary School, 707 Marvin St., Milan

Oak Park Schools

  • Days: Monday-Friday through April 3
  • Hours: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at schools; 11 a.m.-noon at bus stops 
  • Locations:
    • Oak Park Preparatory Academy, 23261 Scotia Road
    • Oak Park Freshman Institute, located at 22180 Parklawn St.
    • Oak Park High School, 13701 Oak Park Blvd.
    • Intersection of Greenfield and Seven Mile roads
    • Intersection of Greenfield and Fenkell roads 
    • Intersection of Greenfield and Joy roads
    • Intersection of Greenfield and Six Mile roads
    • Intersection of Greenfield and Schoolcraft roads
    • Intersection of Joy and Southfield roads

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools 

  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Locations: 
    • Salem High School, 46181 Joy Road, Canton
    • Starkweather Academy, 39750 Joy St., Plymouth
    • Discovery Middle School, 45083 Hanford Road, Canton
    • Liberty Middle School, 46250 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
    • West Middle School, 44401 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
    • Ericksson Elementary, 1275 N. Haggerty Road, Canton

Saline Area Social Services

  • Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
  • Hours: 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
  • Location: Saline Area Social Services, 244 W. Michigan Ave.

Taylor School District 

  • Day: Thursdays
  • Hours: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Locations: 
    • Eureka Heights Elementary, 25125 Eureka Road
    • Holland Elementary, 10201 Holland Road
    • Hoover Middle, 27101 Beverly Road
    • McDowell Elementary, 22929 Brest
    • Moody Elementary, 8280 Hipp St.
    • Myers Elementary, 23033 Northline Road
    • Randall Elementary, 8699 Robert St.
    • Taylor Parks Elementary, 20614 Pinecrest St.
    • West Middle, 10575 William St.

University Prep Schools

  • Days: Check website for latest
  • Hours: Noon-4 p.m.
  • Location: U Prep Academy High School, 600 Antoinette, Detroit

Utica Public Schools 

  • Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 
  • Hours: Noon-1 p.m.
  • Locations: 
    • Autumn Woods, 44401 Bridal Lane, Sterling Heights (12:40-1:10 p.m.)
    • Burr Elementary, 41460 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights
    • Dresden Elementary, 11400 Delvin Drive, Sterling Heights
    • Harvey Elementary, 41700 Montroy Drive, Sterling Heights
    • Jeannette Junior High, 40400 Gulliver Drive, Sterling Heights
    • Plumbrook Elementary, 39660 Spalding Drive, Sterling Heights
    • Roberts Elementary, 2400 Belle View Drive, Shelby Township
    • Rudgate Manor ClubHouse, 5150 Rudgate Circle, Sterling Heights (11-11:30 a.m.)
    • Schwarzkoff Elementary, 8401 Constitution Blvd., Sterling Heights
    • Sterling Estates, 43475 La Grand Blvd., Sterling Heights (noon-12:30 p.m.)
    • Stevenson High School, 39701 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights (at 11 a.m.)
    • West Utica Elementary, 5415 W. Utica Road, Shelby Township
    • Wiley Elementary, 47240 Shelby Road, Shelby Township
    • Eisenhower High School, 6500 25 Mile Road, Shelby Township

Waterford School District 

  • Days: Monday-Friday
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Locations: Plus bus route stops with varying hours on the special alert document
    • Riverside Elementary, 5290 Farm Road
    • Mason Middle School, 3835 Walton Blvd.
    • Kurzman Crary Campus, 501 Cass Lake Road.

Warren Woods Public Schools 

  • Days: Monday-Friday
  • Hours: Vary by location
  • Locations: 
    • 10 a.m.-noon Briarwood Elementary, 14100 Leisure Drive, Warren
    • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Pinewood Elementary, 14411 Bade Drive, Warren
    • Noon-2 p.m. Warren Woods Middle School, 13400 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren
    • 1-3 p.m. Westwood Elementary, 11999 Martin Road, Warren
    • 2-4 p.m. Warren Woods-Tower, 27900 Bunert Road, Warren
    • 3-5 p.m. Early Childhood Center, 12900 Frazho Road, Warren

West Bloomfield School District 

  • Days: Specific days/check website
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; hours vary
  • Locations: Meals must be pre-ordered here
    • Roosevelt Elementary, 2065 Cass Lake Road, Keego Harbor
    • Orchard Lake Middle School, 6000 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township

Whitmore Lake Public Schools

  • Days: Monday-Friday
  • Hours: 8-9 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Location: Whitmore Lake Elementary School, 1077 Barker Road 

Wyandotte Public Schools 

  • Days: Wednesdays 
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Locations: Roosevelt High School, 540 Eureka Road, Wyandotte

YMCA-Detroit 

  • Days: Vary/location
  • Hours: Vary/location
  • Locations: 15 pickup sites with different hours and days. See the full list here

Ypsilanti Community Schools

  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays 
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; 4-6 p.m.
  • Locations: 
    • Christian Love Fellowship, 1601 Stamford Road, Ypsilanti (11 a.m.-1 p.m. pick up only)
    • Community Family Life Center, 1375 S. Harris Road
    • CRC Community Resource Center, 2057 Tyler Road (11 a.m.-1 p.m. pick up only)
    • Stronger Tower Ministries, 134 Spencer Lane
    • Parkridge Community Center, 591 Armstrong Drive

Did we miss someplace? Have updates? Let us know in the comments. This post was originally published on March 18, 2020.

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