Summer's in, Hunger's out
For kids who rely on free and reduced price school lunches, the risk of going hungry is even greater in the summertime. In 2014, more than 1.65 million meals were served at Meet Up and Eat Up summer sites in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties at more than 650 locations throughout the region. And for every child who eats at Meet Up and Eat Up all summer, families can save an average of $300 – dollars that can be used to help families with other basic needs, like utilities and housing. Currently, only 17% of kids who eat free and reduced price school lunches attend Meet Up and Eat Up summer sites – because of a lack of awareness.
Meet Up and Eat Up sites are located in kid-friendly areas all across our region, including parks, recreation centers and libraries. The Michigan Department of Education administers the program and meals are paid for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Dial 2-1-1 or text "Food" to 877-877 to find a summer site near you.
Find your neighborhood Meet Up and Eat Up site by dialing 2-1-1, texting "Food" to 877-877 or checking out the map here. Want to help spread the word in your community? Visit the toolkit to download Meet Up and Eat Up resources.
What you can do
Spread the word! Click here to check out our Meet Up and Eat Up summertime toolkit and help end hunger.
* Meet Up and Eat Up is supported through the national organization Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry.