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Ann Arbor Meet Up & Eat Up Summer Food Programs

Meet Up and Eat Up – Ann Arbor & Ypsi Free Lunch Programs

School break can be a strain on families who typically rely on free and reduced cost lunches. Summer means the kids need to eat more meals at home. In Washtenaw County, Food Gatherers runs most of the Meet Up & Eat Up Summer Food Service Programs.

For 2023, the Summer Food Service Program all offer group meals as per USDA guidelines. Starting this year, waivers for to-go meals are only available to rural areas. No Washtenaw County progras have the to-go food waiver.

Meet Up & Eat Up Ann Arbor School Sites

Ann Arbor Public Schools offers breakfast and lunch through the Meet Up & Eat Up Summer Lunch Program. Details on their sites can be found below:

Note: Meals are not served on June 19 (Juneteenth), July 3, or July 4.

  • Allen Elementary – AAPS Site
    • Address: 2560 Towner Blvd, Ann Arbor
    • Program Dates: June 26-July 27
    • Schedule: Mondays-Thursdays
      • Breakfast: No Breakfast in 2023
      • Lunch 10:30a-noon
  • Carpenter Elementary – AAPS Site
    • Address: 4250 Central Blvd, Ann Arbor
    • Program Dates: June 20-July 7
    • Schedule: Mondays-Fridays
      • Breakfast: 8-9:30a
      • Lunch: 12:30-1p
  • Mitchell Elementary – AAPS Site
    • Address: 3550 Pittsview Dr
    • Program Dates: June 14-30, July 10-August 4
    • Schedule: Mondays-Fridays
      • Breakfast: 8:30-9a in June, 8:30-9:30a in July/August
      • Lunch: 11:45a-1p in June, 12:15-12:45p in July/August
  • Pathways to Success – AAPS Site
    • Address: 2800 Stone School Rd, Ann Arbor
    • Program Dates: June 28,29 & July 5-27
    • Schedule: Tuesdays-Thursdays
      • Breakfast: None
      • Lunch: 12:30-1p
  • Westerman Preschool – AAPS Site
    • Address: 2775 Boardwalk Blvd, Ann Arbor
    • Program Dates: June 26-July 27
    • Schedule: Mondays-Thursdays
      • Breakfast: None
      • Lunch 10:30a-11a

In previous years they helped arrange food at various local apartment complexes as well. Those are not on the 2023 list (as of June 20) – probably due to the switch to group meals.

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Ann Arbor Summer Lunch Programs at Community Action Network

This year Community Action Network (CAN) is not participating in the traditional Meet Up & Eat Up program. However they are still providing lunches and snacks daily to their enrolled campers. The campers will participate in planning and preparing the meals.

CAN Summer Camp is primarily for residents of the neighborhoods serviced by their community centers and on free/reduced lunch program. Check their website for information on camp and your eligibility at the following locations:

  • CAN Arrowwood Hills
    • Address: 2566 Arrowwood, Ann Arbor
  • CAN Bryant Community Center
    • Address: 3 W Eden Court, Ann Arbor
  • CAN Hikone Community Center
    • Address: 2724 Hikone Dr, Ann Arbor
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Summer Food Programs at Ypsilanti Library

The Ypsilanti District Library is offering the Meet Up & Eat Up at each of their branches* this summer. Following the lunch, they have additional programming. Their Lunch, Listen, & Learn program runs June 26 through August 4. Details can be found on the Food Gatherers Site. The

  • Ypsilanti District Library – Superior Branch
    • Address: 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti
    • Schedule: Mondays-Fridays
      • Lunch 12:30-1:30p
  • Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd Branch
    • Address: 1900 N Harris St, Ypsilanti
    • Schedule: Mondays-Fridays
      • Lunch 1:30-2:30p
  • Ypsilanti District Library – Michigan Ave Branch
    • Address: 229 Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti
    • Schedule: Mondays-Fridays:
      • Lunch 1-2p

* The Michigan Avenue Branch is indefinitely closed and no longer offering meals. The building was significantly damaged in a recent storm.

They typically offer a fun program after lunch – STEM, Gardening, Theater, and more varying by day of the week.

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Meet Up & Eat Up – Ypsilanti Community Schools

Ypsilanti Community Schools is operating their own program

  • Perry Early Learning Center
    • Address: 550 Perry St, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: June 19-30, July 10-August 10
    • Schedule: Mondays-Thursdays
      • Breakfast: 7:45-8:30a
      • Lunch 11a-noon
  • WIMA/WiHI
    • Address: 105 N Mansfield St, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: July 10-August 3
    • Schedule: Mondays-Thursdays 7/10-13, 7/31-8/3 And Mondays-Fridays 7/17-7/28
      • Breakfast: 8-8:45a
      • Lunch 11:30a-noon
  • Willow Run Schools
    • Address: 235 Spencer Lane, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: June 19-30, July 10-August 10
    • Schedule: Mondays-Thursdays
      • Breakfast: 8:45-9:30a
      • Lunch 10:45a-12:30p
  • Ypsilanti High School
    • Address: 2095 Packard St, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: June 19-30, July 10-August 10
    • Schedule: Mondays-Thursdays
      • Breakfast: 8:15-9:30a
      • Lunch 11:30a-1p

They also have a few extra meals

  • Recreation Park
    • 1117 S Congress St, Ypsilanti
    • Date: Friday, July 28
    • Meal: Dinner 6-8p
  • Fireman’s Park
    • 8975 MacArthur Blvd, Superior Township
    • Date: Thursday, August 3
    • Meal: Lunch noon-3p
  • West Willow Park
    • 2057 Tyler Rd, Ypsilanti
    • Date: Friday, August 11
    • Meal: Supper 3-6p
  • Prospect Park
    • 550 N Prospect Rd, Ypsilanti
    • Date: Saturday, August 19
    • Meal: Lunch noon-3p

Meet Up & Eat Up – Ypsilanti Locations

Food Gatherers offers meals at a number of other locations in Ypsilanti

  • Camp New Heights (YMCA) – Food Gatherers Site – Added in June 28 update
    • Address: 111 S Wallace Blvd, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: June 27-August 18
    • Schedule: Mondays-Fridays
      • Breakfast: 8:30-9:30a
      • Lunch: noon-1p
  • Golfside Lake Apartments (Mobile Site) – Food Gatherers Site
    • Address: 2345 Woodridge Way, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: June 20-August 18
    • Schedule:
      • Lunch: Tuesday & Thursdays: 1:15-2:15p
  • Grace Fellowship Church/Sugarbrook Park – Food Gatherers Site
    • Address: 1301 S Harris Rd, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: June 26-August 17
    • Schedule: Mondays-Thursdays:
      • Breakfast 9:30-10:30a
      • Lunch 12:30-1:30p
  • Hamilton Crossing – Food Gatherers Site
    • Address: 596 S Hamilton St, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: June 20-August 19
    • Schedule:
      • Lunch: TBA (as of June 28)
  • KC Child Care – Food Gatherers Site
    • Address: 5435 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: June 20-August 25
    • Schedule: Mondays-Fridays:
      • Breakfast 8-9a
      • Lunch 11:30a-12:30p
  • New Parkridge – Food Gatherers Site
    • Address: 831 Hilyard Robinson, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: July 11-August 17
    • Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:
      • Lunch noon-2p
  • Superior Township Community Park/Summer Playground – Food Gatherers Site
    • Address: 1601 Stamford Rd, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: June 26-August 17
    • Schedule: Mondays-Thursdays:
      • Breakfast 9-10:30a
      • Lunch 12:30a-1:30p (Note the June 28 version moved lunch from 11:30 to 12:30)
  • The Villas Apartments (Mobile Site) – Food Gatherers Site
    • Address: 2911 Bynan Dr, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: June 20-August 4
    • Schedule: Mondays-Fridays: Lunch 12:15-1:15p (Note June 28 update moved lunch from 1:15 to to 12:15)
  • West Willow – Food Gatherers Site
    • Address: 2345 Tyler Rd, Ypsilanti
    • Program Dates: June 26-August 17
    • Schedule: Mondays-Thursdays:
      • Breakfast 9:30-10:30a
      • Lunch 12:30-1:30p
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Dexter Meet Up & Eat Up

  • Hilltop View Apartments – Food Gatherers Site
    • Address: 7651 Dan Hoey Rd, Dexter
    • Program Dates: July 3-August 17
    • Schedule: Mondays, Wednesday, & Fridays
      • Lunch: 12:30-1:30p

Belleville Meet Up & Eat Up 2023

  • Holiday West MHC- Food Gatherers Site
    • Address: 50333 Willis Rd, Belleville
    • Program Dates: July 7-August 18
    • Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
    • Lunch: 2-3p
  • Rawsonville Woods – Food Gatherers Site
    • Address: 10825 Rawsonville Rd, Belleville
    • Program Dates: June 20-August 18
    • Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
    • Lunch: 12:15-1:15p

The USDA and are available to all kids 18 and under. Young adults under 26 who are enrolled in a state recognized education program are also eligible to receive free meals. The USDA program prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

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