HOLLAND (WHTC) -- The Summer Food Service Program Meet up and Eat up has created their finalized list of locations in West Michigan where free meals will be served. The 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. This summer’s list includes seventeen different locations serving breakfast, lunch or snack throughout the summer months. Lisa Uganski from the Ottawa County Department of Health said that in past years this program has not been utilized to its full potential.
“The Ottawa County Food Policy Council has done some focus groups over the last few years and found out that most parents aren’t using these programs because they’re not aware of them,” Uganski said.
This year, Uganski said that they’re working hard to spread awareness about the program. The meals are for anyone eighteen years of age or younger.
For a list of locations near you visit www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition
By: Claire Fodell