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District to Provide Students with Meals over the Summer

As summer arrives, so does the annual "Meet Up and Eat Up" program. Officially known as the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), this federally funded, state-administered initiative ensures that children and teens in low-income areas receive healthy meals during the summer break.

Monday-Friday, designated summer school sites transform into vibrant hubs of nourishment and community. With cheerful lawn signs, posters, and banners proudly announcing, “Meet Up and Eat Up, Healthy Food Served Here,” these locations invite students to enjoy a nutritious breakfast and lunch. The program serves children and teens aged 18 and younger, including ESE students over 18, providing them with a complete meal that includes milk, fruit, vegetables, grain/bread, and a meat or meat alternative.

The benefits of SFSP extend beyond just filling hungry stomachs. By offering free healthy meals, the program supports the healthy growth and development of young people. It addresses the critical issue of summer weight gain among children by ensuring they have access to nutritious food, often accompanied by engaging recreational activities.

Parents and guardians can easily find a Meet Up and Eat Up site in their neighborhood by dialing 2-1-1, texting FOOD to 304-304, or searching the state map for locations. Use this chart, for DPSCD and Detroit community sites.

This summer let’s come together to support our children’s health and well-being through the simple yet profound act of sharing a meal.