Meet Up & Eat Up Starts July 7
Summer Food Program Will Run Tuesdays and Thursdays
Kalamazoo Public Schools will launch its Summer Food Service Program for children on July 7. Multiple meals will be distributed Tuesdays and Thursdays, with food packages providing breakfast and lunch for seven days each week. The program will run through Aug. 13.
The free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to 26 years old who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a state or local public educational agency. Meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
No application or proof of income is required. Parents or guardians can pick up meals without their children present. Children do not need to be accompanied by a guardian to receive meals. Meals do not need to be eaten on site.
KPS has been providing Grab-and-Go meals since March, when schools were closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. KPS was aware that with the school closures many students were at risk of food insecurity. More than one-third of KPS children live in households below the federal poverty line, and approximately 70 percent of students are eligible for free- or reduced-price lunch. The school district has provided more than 750,000 meals to students over the past three months. The Grab-and-Go program will end Friday, June 26.
The Summer Food Service Program operates in accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies. This institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or the USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is available in languages other than English.
To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/ complaint_ ling_cust.html, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to the USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632- 9992. Submit your completed form or letter to the USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Ave., SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442
Kalamazoo Public Schools Food Service Department (269) 337-0120.
Food will be distributed 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at all sites — except Fox Ridge and New Village, where food distribution will be 12:30-1 p.m., and Interfaith and Eastside, which will be 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Arcadia Elementary, 932 Boswell Lane
Eastside Association, 1301 E. Main St.
Edison Environmental Science Academy, 924 Russell St.
El Sol Elementary, 604 W. Vine St.
Fox Ridge Apartments,1320 Fox Ridge Dr.
Hillside Middle School, 1941 Alamo Ave.
Interfaith Homes, 1037 Interfaith Blvd.
Kalamazoo Central High School, 2432 N. Drake Road
King-Westwood Elementary, 1100 Nichols Road
Lincoln International Studies School, 912 N. Burdick St.
Linden Grove Middle School, 4241 Arboretum Pkwy.
Loy Norrix High School, 606 E. Kilgore Road
Maple Street Magnet School, 922 W. Maple St.
Milwood Elementary, 3400 Lovers Lane
Milwood Magnet School, 2916 Konkle St.
New Village Apartments, 2500 St. Albans Way
Northeastern Elementary, 2433 Gertrude St.
Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary, 2321 Park St.
Prairie Ridge Elementary, 2294 S. 9th St.
Spring Valley Center for Exploration, 3530 Mt. Olivet Road
Washington Writers’ Academy, 1919 Portage Road
Woods Lake Elementary, 3215 Oakland Dr.
Woodward School for Technology and Research, 606 Stuart Ave.