Food Distribution

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.

Food will be distributed using a “drive-thru” and “walk-up” model every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am through 1pm. Food amounts will be on a per child basis, and will include breakfast and lunch meals. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the food distribution will include two days of grab-and-go meals, and on Fridays, three days of meals will be distributed.

Food will not be distributed on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day). Families will instead receive five days of meals on Friday, May 23.

As of Monday, May 11, 2020, ECS families will be able to pick up grab-and-go meals for their children from any Eastpointe school location:

  • Crescentwood Elementary - outside the front door using the bus loop
  • Bellview Elementary - outside the front door using the bus loop
  • Pleasantview Elementary - outside the front door using drop off area
  • Forest Park Elementary - outside the front door using the bus loop
  • Eastpointe High School - 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 at any location, even if their child attends a different building.

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.

What if I don’t have a car or transportation?

That is not a problem. We are distributing meals from all of our school buildings conveniently located across our district. You do not have to go to the school your child attends.  You can go to the ECS school that is closest to your home to receive the meals and take advantage of our “walk-up” meal service. 

Where can I pick up the food at each school?
 
  • Crescentwood Elementary - outside the front door using the bus loop
  • Bellview Elementary - outside the front door using the bus loop
  • Pleasantview Elementary - outside the front door using drop off area
  • Forest Park Elementary - outside the front door using the bus loop
  • 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. 

What about meals on Tuesday, Thursday, and the weekends?

Each day of meal distribution, students will receive enough breakfast and lunch meals to bridge until the next meal distribution day. For example, on Monday, students will receive breakfasts and lunches for two days (Monday and Tuesday).  The same will occur on Wednesday. On Fridays, students will get three breakfast and lunch meals to have food for the weekend. 

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!

Contact Us

If you are having issues accessing food distribution sites, please fill out this form and an ECS staff member will be in touch soon.

P-EBT Hotline

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.

Volunteer Survey

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