In brief

Caregiver retreat is this weekend

BIRCH RUN — Nancy DeKatch Caregivers Institute Inc. a 501(c) 3 organizations will hold the State Wide Respite Retreat and Symposium for the family caregivers, May 18, at the Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N. Beyer Rd. Birch Run. Admission is $5 per person at the door. The opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Events highlight include legislative round table discussion with PBS TV host Tim Skubick with State Reps. Michael Colton, Pam Faris, Jim Ananick and Stacy Irwin-Oaks. Ann Arbor VBA, VTA, VMA will assist family caregivers of a veteran. Rick Barnett educating on Caregiver Economics, Jake Collins Medicare specialist, Dr. David Hall PHD lectures on Post Tramatic Stress, Laura Ruhle, BA/CT. More than 50 vendors attending this first of it kind event organized by the family caregiver for caregivers. Details: Visit and — G.G.

Summer Food program looking to launch sites

FLINT — When school is out for summer vacation, millions of children across the nation lose access to the free and reduced-price meals they receive during the school year.

The Summer Food Service Program, run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), aims to fill that gap, providing children with free, healthy meals during the summer months when school is not in session and when many children often face missing meals and lack of proper nutrition.

Last year, more than 21 million children received free and reduced-price meals during the school year, but only 2.3 million participated in the Summer Food Service Program.

This summer the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is planning to support 65 Summer Feeding sites across the Genesee, Saginaw and Bay County areas.

The sites will be open and free to children in need on various days and times based on individual site preference.

Approximately 42,000 children in these counties are at risk of hunger today. There are over 600,000 food insecure children in Michigan alone.

The Food Bank’s 2013 program runs from June 10-Aug. 23.

Details: Call 810-396-0208. — G.G.

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