Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. The Summer Food Service Program helps to fill the gap so kids can receive nutritious meals when school isn’t in session. Meals aren’t just served in schools, but parks, recreation centers and libraries as well.
Community coalition mini-grant available to help Michigan communities serve more summer meals. Funds can be used for planning, training, marketing, programming, equipment and staffing.
Deadline to apply is March 10, 2017.
Meet Up & Eat Up
Healthy meals to children 18 and younger – free of charge!
Michigan branded summer feeding program is Meet Up and Eat Up.
USDA Summer Feeding resources to start a program or improve and expand the current program.
Site locator: Call 2-1-1 or text “Food” to 877-877 to find a location near you!
Keeping Milk Cold
Kids love cold milk! Strive for a milk temperature of 35°F at all points of meal service. Receive it cold, keep it cold in storage and serve it cold. Be prepared for hot summer days and keep milk cold.
Cold milk stays fresh longer. Did you know the shelf life of milk is reduced 50% for every 5-degree rise above 40°F? Evaluate your school’s milk handling procedures and equipment with this milk quality checklist
Having the proper equipment to keep milk cold is essential. Coolers, cooler barrels and cooler bags work well for mobile sites.
When you have additional activities at your site, kids stay longer and come more frequently. It is a great educational and physical activity opportunity! Here are 2 resources that provide nutrition education.