GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Kids across the state of Michigan can still get access to nutritious meals during the summer months thanks to the Meet Up and Eat Up program.
The program by the Michigan Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture and Rural Development, along with their partners, is crucial for students who depend on the federal school meals program during the school year. More than 700 Summer Food Service Programs bridge the gap until the next school year starts in the fall.
In 2014, 563,000 low-income children in Michigan received meals during the school year. But only 17.5% of them took part in summer meal programs in their neighborhoods. To find your nearest Meet Up and Eat Up site, click here.
You can also find your nearest site by dialing 211 from any landline or mobile phone, thanks to Michigan No Kid Hungry and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Michigan No Kid Hungry also sponsors a text message resource. Just text “Food” to 877-877 for up-to-date site location information.
People and organizations interested in getting involved as a site, an activity provider, or a volunteer this summer, can contact MDE’s Office of School Support Services, Summer Food Service Program, 608 West Allegan Street, P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, Michigan 48909, (517) 373-3347; or on the MDE website at www.michigan.gov/sfsp. Additional information and Meet Up and Eat Up resources are available at www.michigannokidhungry.org.