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.
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 or visit www.michigan.gov/meetupeatup to find a location near you!
Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry Calculator
This interactive calculator courtesy of No Kid Hungry provides decision-makers in schools and districts with a business model to understand the financial feasibility of feeding students by maximizing three federal nutrition programs: school breakfast, after-school meals, and summer meals.
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.
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.