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Michigan's Meal Map Helps Students Eat During COVID-19 School Closures

Because of statewide efforts to "flatten the curve," or slowing the exponential spread of coronavirus infection to aid health care workers and providers in treatment, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed Michigan K-12 schools until Monday, April 6. This action ensures that Michigan's children will adhere to the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and won't be subjected to gatherings over 50 people, and ideally no greater than 10. However, this also means that many children who exclusively rely on the lunches or breakfasts they receive at school will go without. To combat this, the Michigan Department of Education has posted an interactive map for its Summer Food Service Program, which is available to use now.

"The SFSP was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs," the map's description said.

The map provides the locations of hundreds of SFSP locations around Michigan that offer up to two meals daily for children aged 0 to 18 years old. Students with disabilities up to age 26 are also included in this program. An MLive report said that this map will be updated twice daily.

To find out more about coronavirus prevention tips, where to find resources and more, visit BTL's COVID-19 Resource Guide.



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