United Way Meal Programs Available through Metro Detroit

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(United Way Press Release, July 2, 2015)


We can end hunger in Greater Detroit

We believe that when families can spend less time worrying about accessing food for their children, they can spend more time planning for a brighter future. Today, 1 in 5 kids struggle to access the nutritious food they need to grow strong and healthy.

We’re flipping the traditional food-model system and focusing on providing healthy meals to kids in need all year long where they live and play through Meet Up and Eat Up, a statewide, coordinated network of programming, partnerships ferncareADand educational opportunities:

Programs – we’re coordinating efforts to expand these programs so that children have access to healthy meals all year long.

~Child and Adult Care Food Program (after-school snacks)

~School Breakfast Program

~National School Lunch Program and the Summer Food Service Program.

Partners – We’re building a network of corporations and grassroots groups (churches, schools and rec centers) to carry out this workPOWELLad_01

~Michigan No Kid Hungry

~Detroit Lions

~Radio One

~Metro PCS 

Education – We support innovative initiatives and policies to help our community grow

~Community Gardens

~Cooking Matters


Summer’s in, chazzano game adHunger’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 450 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 15% of kids who eat free and reduced price school lunches attend Meet Up and Eat Up summer sites – because of a lack of awareness.Reid_Sally_115

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 modern natural baby inprogressEat Up resources.

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.

For more information or to get involved, check out their website at http://liveunitedsem.org/resources/meet-up-and-eat-up-toolkit.



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