July 16-22, 2017: Meet Up and Eat Up 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. It is administered by the School Nutrition Programs Unit of the Michigan Department of Education; and,

WHEREAS, public or private non-profit 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 or supper as well as morning or afternoon snacks, and must include nutritious components such as milk, fruit, vegetables, grains and proteins; and,

WHEREAS, during the summer of 2016, 1 million breakfasts, 2.3 million lunches, 133,000 suppers and 190,000 snacks were served via the Summer Food Service Program in Michigan, totaling more than $11 million in payments; and,  

WHEREAS, an increase in outreach and support from communities can improve the number of meals served, fill the summer hunger gap for hundreds of thousands of children, and relieve the financial burden for families; and,               

WHEREAS, during this week, we join the Michigan Department of Education to raise awareness of the Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Service Program, and to promote the health and well-being of all Michigan’s children;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 16-22, 2017 as Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Service Program Awareness Week in Michigan.