The beginning of Summer is full of happy anticipation for most children and families, but for some, it can mean hunger and even some boredom due to not being able to afford activities and/or camps. During the school year, there are programs to help feed children breakfast and lunch when families cannot afford to meet their needs. When school lets out some of these programs disappear. Let’s first start by finding programs that will help out in the area of feeding our children during the summer months.
Programs to assist in providing meals during the Summertime –
The Y Feed The Kids – This is a program that is held nationally with over 1000 participating programs. Here are some located in our area – Local Y Feed The Kids Programs.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) – 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. Call the Program Office: 517-241-5374. Click here – Meet up and Eat up.
Food Pantries and Food Banks across the Pontiac and Oakland County areas try to assist those in need. Do not hesitate to call upon their assistance when you find you are in need. Here’s a list – Local Food Pantries.
Here is another list of Food Pantries via Yelp – The Best 10 Food Banks In Oakland County, Michigan.
Hopefully, now your bellies are full. Let’s see what we can find in the way of FREE activities for you.
Free activities in the Summertime –
Local parks are a great resource in the summer and most do not charge admission. Here are a few I’ve found –
Indian Springs Metropark Spray n Play Pics – Both the spraypark / splash pad and Adventure Playground are FREE. The only charge is you will need a Metropark pass.
Oakland County Playgrounds and Playscapes – There’s an entire list of playgrounds and playscapes provided by the Oakland County Moms, which is a great resource by the way.
In fact, let me end today’s blog with an excerpt from the Oakland County Moms website as it pertains to this subject of providing Summer fun minus the cost – Free Summer Fun for Kids 2018
I hope this has helped you or someone you know. Please pass it on. Thank you!!