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Continuing to Feed Kids This Summer

LANSING - Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors have worked hard serving meals to children in their communities, and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is working with local meal providers to continue feeding children this summer.

Throughout the pandemic, over 700 sponsors have had sites serving healthy meals to their communities. MDE appreciates the hard work and effort that sponsors have been doing and continue to do. 

"With many families in need and food banks in high demand, Michigan children are encouraged to use the summer food programs in their communities this summer," said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. "Meals provided in summer food programs meet nutritional standards for students and help children in their growth and development. School districts and other summer food service sponsors are ready and available to serve nutritious meals to help boost children's learning."  

MDE is encouraging all school sponsors with eligible sites to continue providing meals during the summer months. Children and families rely on programs like the SFSP to keep their children healthy and ready to learn when school returns in the fall.

Program success is a team approach and helping sponsors by highlighting the Meet Up and Eat Up program in their communities is one way to assist, according to Dr. Rice.

"We are working to increase the awareness of the program's availability, get more community members involved, and provide meals to as many children as we can across the state," Dr. Rice said. 

Community partners can help by identifying the best site locations, marketing and advertising the program, and contributing to program costs. If community partners use social media to publicize the SFSP, more families can connect to summer programming and nutritious meals.  

To find a SFSP site, visit the Meet Up and Eat Up SFSP site locator map at www.michigan.gov/meetupeatup. All site information (meal times, days open, and serving dates) is updated regularly.  

For more information about how to help with the Meet Up and Eat Up SFSP this summer, contact MDE at 517-241-5374 or mde-sfsp@michigan.gov. For more information on the SFSP, visit www.michigan.gov/sfsp

The SFSP is administered by MDE through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is available to children 18 and under regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.