June 15, 2015: Summer Food Service Program Awareness Week

WHEREAS, the Summer Food Service Program, branded as Meet Up and Eat Up, is a Child Nutrition Program that feeds children 18 years of age and younger during summer break from school and is administered by the School Nutrition Programs Unit of the Michigan Department of Education; and,

WHEREAS, public or private non-profits schools, public or private non-profit residential camps, state, local, municipal, or county government entities, public or private non-profit colleges or universities, and private non-profit organizations that provide ongoing activities for children or families may sponsor a program; and,

WHEREAS, meals are free to all children and a sponsor may choose to serve breakfast, lunch, supper, morning or afternoon snacks and must include nutritious components such as milk, fruit, vegetables, grains and proteins; and,

WHEREAS, during the summer of 2014, over one million breakfasts, 2.2 million lunches, 240,000 suppers and 165,000 snacks were served via the Summer Food Service Program in Michigan, totaling more than $11 million in payments; and,                    

WHEREAS, during this week, we join the Michigan Department of Education to raise awareness of the Summer Food Service Program, and promote the health and wellbeing of all Michigan’s children;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the week of June 15, 2015, as Meet Up and Eat UP Summer Food Service Program Awareness Week in Michigan.