State helping struggling families find summer meal sites

State helping kids find meal sites

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Grand Rapids Public Schools get out on Wednesday, June 14, and many other school districts have already dismissed for the summer.

So what happens to the 535,000 students who rely on the federal school lunch program to eat? According to the Michigan Department of Education, 17% do not eat meals or snacks at approved summer meal sites.

That's why the Department of Education is raising awareness for its "Meet Up and Eat Up" summer food service program. The kickoff for the awareness campaign begins Monday, June 12.

The state has a site locator map on its website where you can find out where kids who qualify for meals can get them. You can also call 211 anywhere in Michigan to find the closest site.

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Matt Gard is the Senior Producer of the 13 Morning News. If you have a story idea, you can contact him on Twitter, @mgard_wzzm13 or by e-mail, MattGard@wzzm13.com.

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