Summer food programs at Paw Paw and Mattawan schools serve daily lunches to district children

Children line up inside Woodland Estates’ community building to be served lunch this week. 	aw Paw Food Services Director Korrie Perkins serves meals to three local children at Paw Paw’s Early Elementary School. The free lunches will be offered four days a week until August 1 through the “Meet Up and Eat Up” Summer Food Service Program. Courier-Leader photos/Paul Garrod

   Two area school districts are providing daily lunches for students through the summer with the “Meet Up and Eat Up” Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
   Paw Paw Public Schools and Mattawan Consolidated School are sponsoring the program, and began serving Monday through Thursday through Aug. 1 for Paw Paw, and Monday through Friday, through Aug. 16 for Mattawan.
   At Paw Paw, all children under the age of 18 will receive a free meal at one of  three sites, Paw Paw High School, Early Elementary School and Cedar Street, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adult meals are $2. This is the second year of the program at Paw Paw.
   At Mattawan Consolidated School, in the third year of the program, lunch is being served at Woodland Estates Community Building, 4797 S. 4th St., Kalamazoo, from noon to 12:45 p.m.
   “Meet Up and Eat Up” is a Child Nutrition Program, administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provides free nutritious meals to children up to age 18, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
   During the summer months, nutrition is especially important for a child’s continuous learning and development.
   Research shows a direct relationship between good nutrition and learning. “Meet Up and Eat Up” is the key building block in Michigan communities to develop healthy, happy kids who are ready to learn.
   According to the Michigan Department of Education, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can fill the summer hunger gap and can help prevent more than 500,000 Michigan children from going hungry each year. Filling this summer hunger gap is vitally important because it can reduce summer learning loss, also known as summer slide, for children.
   For additional information and details about the “Meet Up and Eat Up” Summer Food Service Program, visit: Michigan.gov/mde.

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