Summer meal programs available for children

SAGINAW — Summer is in full swing, and the Summer Food Service Program is taking place in Lake County.

This federally-funded program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children 18 yearsof age and younger in low-income areas get the nutrition they need throughout the summer months when school is not in session. Currently in Michigan, only 15 percent of kids who eat free or reduced-price school meals have access to free summer meals.

Various schools, faith-based organizations and nonprofits throughout Michigan provide free meals to children during the summer. To find out more about the Summer Food Service Program, or other food programs, contact Marybeth Laisure, child nutrition program coordinator for the Center for Civil Justice, at (989) 755-3120 ext. 306 or email at mlaisure@ccj-mi.org.

Anyone interested can also visit the Michigan Department of Education’s website and view the site locater map, at www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition, to find a site near them with dates and times for the meals.