LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- With freezing temperatures, it might be tough to think about summer. But the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is asking for your help to get ready for summer.
The MDE says it's to help prevent more than 575,000 Michigan children from going hungry when school lunchrooms close in June. They have the food, but they need more people to run the neighborhood sites to share it. Last summer, only 15 percent of eligible Michigan children were served the free meals or snacks at approved meal sites.
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says, "Many families across Michigan are struggling, and we can't have children going hungry in the summer when programs like this are available." The food and administrative costs for the sites are covered by federal funds, but more sites are needed to reach more kids.
The Summer Food Service Program serves nutritious meals to children up to age 18 who live in low-income areas. The programs can operate in schools, public housing centers, playgrounds, camps, parks, and faith-based facilities. Sponsors can be public or non-profit private schools, residential summer camps, government agencies, colleges, or private non-profit organizations.
If you'd like to help with the program this summer, call the Michigan Department of Education by March 1 at 517-373-3347 or visit the MDE website at: www.michigan.gov/sfsp.