In response to Michigan’s COVID-19 school closure, Eastpointe Community Schools (ECS), in partnership with its food service employees (AFSCME - Local 120), has developed the following plan to continue food service to ECS students over the summer.
Food will be distributed using a “drive-thru” and “walk-up” model every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food amounts will be on a per child basis, and will include breakfast and lunch meals.
As of Tuesday, June 16, 2020, ECS families will be able to pick up grab-and-go meals for their children from Eastpointe High School only, at door #4 off of the circle drive off of Couzens Ave
Parents and guardians can pick up meals without children present, and meals can be picked up from the high school location regardless of which building the student attends.
We will be continuing to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed to meet the demand and nutritional needs of our students.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are students required to eat the meals at school?
No. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a waiver allowing school meals to be distributed without the requirement that students eat in a group setting or at school. The meals are packaged for grab-and-go style delivery and will be distributed using a “drive-thru” process, similar to what is used for our monthly Gleaners food distribution. When you drive up, one of our employees will approach your car, ask how many students you have, and the meals will be brought to your vehicle.
Where can I pick up the food?
Summer meals are being distributed from Eastpointe High School - door #4 off of the circle drive off of Couzens Ave.
Do I have to bring my child(ren) with me to receive the meals?
No. Parents and guardians can pick up meals without having students present. You’ll be asked how many students need meals and they will be provided, similar to our Gleaners food distribution.
Do I have to pick up meals from the ECS school that my student attends?
No. Food can be picked up from any Eastpointe school location that is the most convenient for the family, even if the family has students that attend different Eastpointe schools.
Do you need volunteers to help with the food distribution or anything else?
At this time, we are not in need of volunteers to assist with the food distribution. However, we have assembled a team to coordinate volunteers for continuity of food service and other essential district operations. To put your name on the volunteer list please submit your information at this link: Sign Me Up!
If you are having issues accessing food distribution sites, please fill out this form and an ECS staff member will be in touch soon.
Families who need help accessing their Pandemic EBT benefits for emergency food needs should call the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services hotline at 1-833-905-0028.
For more information about the P-EBT program, please click here.
At this time, we are not in need of volunteers to assist with the food distribution. However, we have assembled a team to coordinate volunteers for continuity of food service and other essential district operations. To put your name on the volunteer list please submit your information at this link: Volunteer Survey