FLINT — Genesee District Library (GDL), the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and the Michigan Department of Education have partnered to bring a Summer Food Service Program called Meet Up and Eat Up to three GDL branches.
Meet Up and Eat Up is a federally funded Child Nutrition Program that will run from June 18 until August 31. There is no food service on July 4.
For many children, the end of school means the end of guaranteed meals on a regular basis. When school is out for summer vacation, millions of children across the nation lose access to the free and reduced-price meals they depend on during the school year. The Summer Food Service Program was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs.
All youth ages 18 and under are welcome to a free healthy meal. There is no enrollment or registration required. They may visit the Beecher- Vera B. Rison Library, 1386 W. Coldwater Road at 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday to participate.
They may also visit the Headquarters branch at 4195 W. Pasadena Ave., 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
And on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday they may visit the Genesee- Johnson Library at 7397 N. Genesee Rd. at 2:15 p.m. The Genesee-Johnson Library is closed on Wednesdays.
“We play games, read stories, and make crafts, then we eat a great lunch,” said Liz Kish, Headquarters Librarian. “Anyone under 18 can come and receive a free lunch, hang out with other kids, and come into the library to check-out books and movies to enjoy on their summer break.” — G.G.