[Michlib-l] Summer Food program

Reish, Karren (MDE) ReishK at michigan.gov
Wed Apr 29 13:15:06 EDT 2015


I would also be happy to hear how this goes so we can make sure we have the right information for you.

Karren Reish
Library Grants Coordinator
Library of Michigan
517-241-0021
reishk at michigan.gov<mailto:reishk at michigan.gov>

From: michlib-l-bounces at mcls.org [mailto:michlib-l-bounces at mcls.org] On Behalf Of Shirley Roos
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:56 AM
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Just wondering if any Libraries take part in this program , if so, how did it work for you.  Thanks, Shirley Roos

From: michlib-l-bounces at mcls.org<mailto:michlib-l-bounces at mcls.org> [mailto:michlib-l-bounces at mcls.org] On Behalf Of Reish, Karren (MDE)
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:36 AM
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Subject: [Michlib-l] Summer Food program

Just a reminder as we are gearing up for Summer Reading to think about participating in any local Summer Food activities as part of your Summer Reading program. See my previous message below and the attached press release for more information.

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Please see the attached press release for more information on the Summer Food program. The program may be a good outreach option for your library. I've posted on it before and we have information on it on the Summer Reading web site (www.michigan.gov/youthlibraryservices<http://www.michigan.gov/youthlibraryservices> in the Summer Reading section). The program is managed locally by the sponsors and if there is one in your area, you can contact them to see if this if they are able to work with your library. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Karren Reish
Library Grants Coordinator
Library of Michigan
517-241-0021
reishk at michigan.gov<mailto:reishk at michigan.gov>


Sent: Friday, February 06, 2015 3:00 PM
Subject: Michigan Department of Education Press Release

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News Release





Contact:    Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs, (517) 241-4395

                  Bill DiSessa, Spokesperson, (517) 335-6649

Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Vacation

More Partners Needed to Make a Real Difference

 in the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of Hungry Michigan Children



February 6, 2015



The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is looking for community partners, sponsors, and potential site locations to participate in Michigan's Summer Meet Up and Eat Up(tm) initiative and run summer food programs to prevent more than a half million children in Michigan from going hungry when school lunchrooms close for the summer.



The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) could fill the summer hunger gap for hundreds of thousands of children if there is an increase in community awareness, local government involvement, sponsors to run the program, and sites to serve meals.  Last year, out of the 563,000 low-income Michigan children who received meals during the school year, just more than 98,000 (17.5%) were able to eat free meals or snacks at approved summer meal sites in their neighborhoods.



In stressing the importance of sponsoring these crucial summer food programs for children, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said:  "Many families across Michigan are struggling, and we can't have children going hungry in the summer when programs like this are available.  I am calling on schools, churches, and local government and civic organizations to step up and have a positive impact on the lives and health of children in their community by supporting the Summer Food Service Program."



Research shows a direct relationship between good nutrition and learning.  Meet Up and Eat Up is a key building block in Michigan communities to develop healthy, happy kids who are ready to learn.



"There is a desperate need and the food is available," Flanagan said. "We just need more awareness of the program's availability, more community members to get involved, and additional locations around the state to serve children."



Sponsors receive federal payments for both the meals served to children and the administrative costs of serving the meals.  New sponsors will receive free training and technical assistance from MDE.



The Summer Food Service Program serves nutritious meals to children up to age 18 living in low-income areas (where 50 percent or more of the students qualify for free or reduced price school meals).  The program can operate in schools, public housing centers, playgrounds, camps, parks, and faith-based facilities.



Sponsors can be public school districts or nonprofit private schools; public or private nonprofit residential summer camps; local, county or state government agencies; colleges or universities; or private nonprofit organizations.



If you are interested in more information about how you can help feed your community this summer, please contact MDE by March 1, 2015.  Program information may be obtained from MDE's Office of School Support Services, Summer Food Service Program, 608 West Allegan Street, P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, Michigan 48909, (517) 373-3347; or on the MDE website at www.michigan.gov/sfsp<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTUwMjA2LjQxMjY3MzkxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE1MDIwNi40MTI2NzM5MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3Mzc4MDAzJmVtYWlsaWQ9cmVpc2hrQG1pY2hpZ2FuLmdvdiZ1c2VyaWQ9cmVpc2hrQG1pY2hpZ2FuLmdvdiZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&&&100&&&http://www.michigan.gov/sfsp>.



The Summer Food Service Program, administered by MDE through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is available to children 18 and under regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.





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