State education officials say an online map has been developed for families to find locations where meals are being provided during school closures.
The map can be found here: https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/
The map will be updated twice each day during the closure period. Meals served under the program, called Unanticipated School Closure Summer Food Service Program, are available to children at no cost. Up to two meals per day may be served to all children from newborns to 18 years old. This includes students with disabilities between 18 and 26 with an active Individual Education Program.
The program helps schools and community partners ensure children receive nutritious meals while the school closure announced by the Governor continues through April 5.
Schools may now provide food to students at designated pickup locations or school bus stops, the state announced. The move will allow schools to continue providing children food while simultaneously promoting “social distancing,” which is one of the Center of Disease Control’s recommendations to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.
The program is called Unanticipated School Closure SFSP, the news release stated.
“Schools and sponsors that participate in Unanticipated School Closure SFSP help ensure children do not experience a lapse in food security with schools being closed from March 16, 2020, through April 5, 2020,” the state announced.
Amid the pandemic, @smfoodbank volunteers at work packing food boxes to help feed their hungry neighbors.
— Food Bank Council of Michigan (@fbcmich) March 16, 2020
The Food Bank of Michigan could be another option to fill gaps for hungry children during the mandated school closure.
The food bank and its seven regional affiliates are working with the state Department of Education to approve a waiver to activate the Summer Feeding Program early, according to a food bank news release.
In partnership with the MI food bank network and the #MichiganDepartmentofEducation, FBCM is responding to COVID-19.
— Food Bank Council of Michigan (@fbcmich) March 13, 2020