About Us

Empowering Children and Families in Michigan

Breaking Barriers MI is a dedicated non-profit organization, recognized as a 501(c)(3), committed to enriching the lives of children and families in our community. We bring together civic-minded business and educational leaders to support families in need within Wayne and Oakland Counties, particularly those qualifying under Title One or ALICE. Our efforts are channeled through six food pantries, ensuring vital resources reach those who need them most.


We firmly believe in equality and inclusivity, embracing all individuals regardless of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, physical attributes, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation and identity.

Our Humble Beginnings

Our journey began as a grassroots initiative, aiming to supply local students and their families with essential daily necessities crucial for learning and growth. Recognizing the impact of basic needs on academic and social success, we initially collaborated with local teachers to identify and fulfill these needs. This initiative has since evolved into a year-round program, extending support beyond the school calendar.

Our Impact Across Wayne & Oakland Counties

At Breaking Barriers MI, we are deeply committed to fostering positive change in the lives of children and families throughout Wayne and Oakland Counties. Our mission takes us across various communities, where we strive to make a substantial difference through our targeted initiatives.

Breaking Barriers MI Mission

Our mission is to nurture our community by providing supplementary food, clothing, and family resources to students and their families. Additionally, we offer career education and skill-building opportunities through STEAM-based learning and job readiness programs, significantly involving Moderately Cognitively Impaired high school students in our food pantry operations.

Our Impactful Program

We currently serve over 500 families, impacting approximately 2,500 adults and children, through our six food pantries. Since December 2015, we have proudly partnered with Gleaners as an approved food associate. Our reach has expanded to 16 schools within the Emerson triad, focusing on families eligible for Title One support.

Help Assist Our Community

All donations made to Breaking Barriers MI directly support six food pantries that help meet the needs of community members. As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax-deductible.