Did you know that up to 20% of kids are not sure where their next meal is coming from? 33% of Midland children are eligible for free and reduced price lunch, with 15% of our children 0-17 years living in poverty, many parents have to make the difficult decision about how they can feed their families or pay their bills. The Summer Food Service Program can help alleviate those issues when schools offer free meals to children. The program is available for all children 18 years of age and younger, no registration is needed - to find out a site near you contact 2-1-1.
2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-remember telephone number that connects people in need with people who can help—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 is for anyone looking for health and human service assistance options. Anonymous and confidential information and referrals are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Just dialing three digits, 2-1-1, can begin a person on a path to find resources available in the community to alleviate hunger.
To learn more about food issues in Midland County and the Hunger Collaborative working to provide resources for families, seniors and adults, call 211 or visit www.unitedwaymidland.org. Results from the 2016 Food Security Survey can be found at unitedwaymidland.org/hungerconnections.
For more information on community resources dial 2-1-1. Or, visit www.211nemichigan.org.
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