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.
Are you interested in becoming a mobile or stationary site?
If you would like to make your local park, apartment, church, school, or summer program in Pontiac a Meet Up and Eat Up site this summer please fill out the Summer Food Service Site Registration Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to (248) 738-9531. Keep in mind that sites can be stationary or mobile. Please email me with any questions that you may have as you begin planning for the summer. I also encourage you to share the attached site registration forms with others that are planning summer programs or events in Pontiac.
Are you planning a community event in Pontiac?
Let Meet Up & Eat Up provide free meals for your community event. Fill out the Summer Food Service Program Special Event Registration form and email it to email@example.com or fax it to (248) 738-9531 and we will get back with you.
What is a Stationary Site?
Stationary sites have the option of serving breakfast and lunch, and can choose their own meal service times. However, they also require a staff member to commit time and work to ensuring that meal orders are sent in on-time, deliveries are received, meal count forms are filled out correctly, and that all paperwork is correct.
What is a Mobile Site?
Mobile sites are much less work because your staff is not responsible for storing or counting meals, or maintaining any paperwork. However, serving times for the mobile route are not as flexible, because we must fit all programs and locations into a cohesive route. Additionally, breakfast is not an option for mobile sites.
Spread the word! Click here to check out our Meet Up and Eat Up summertime toolkit and help end hunger.