Meet Up and Chow Down

What is Meet Up and Chow Down?

Meet Up and Chow Down is United Way of Northeastern Minnesota's free summer lunch program for children.  The program was piloted in 2016 in Chisholm; 1,680 meals were served.  Today, Meet Up and Chow Down has expanded to include nine sites in Chisholm, Ely, Hibbing, Mt. Iron, and Virginia. The program is provided through support from the USDA and Minnesota Department of Education's Summer Food Service Program. 

What is the Need?

Over 850 children in the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) service territory on the Iron Range are enrolled in the Buddy Backpack Program each school year. The UWNEMN Board and Staff recognized the need for a summer food program. School districts have also expressed a need for such a program in the summer, when the Buddy Backpack program is unavailable. 

2019 Program Details: Click on each site for more information

Chisholm Kiwanis Park:  Lunch will be served June 3rd-August 29th (Monday through Thursday) 12:30-1:30pm. *Closed July 1st- July 4th*

Ely Recreation Center: Lunch will be served June 3rd-August 29th (Monday through Thursday) 12:00-1:00pm. *Closed July 1st- July 4th*

Hibbing Bennett Park: Lunch will be served June 3rd-August 29th (Monday through Thursday) 12:00-1:00pm. *Closed July 1st- July 4th*

Hibbing HRA: Lunch will be served June 3rd-August 29th (Monday through Thursday) 12:00-1:00pm. *Closed July 1st- July 4th*

Mt. Iron Public Library: Lunch will be served June 10th-August 29th (Monday through Thursday) 12:00-1:00pm. *Closed July 1st- July 4th*

Nashwauk Public Library: Lunch will be served June 10th-August 29th (Monday through Thursday) 12:00-1:00pm *Closed July 1st- July 4th*

Virginia AEOA: Lunch will be served June 10th-August 29th (Monday through Thursday) 12:00-1:00pm *Closed July 1st- July 4th*

Virginia HRA (Pine Mill Court): Lunch will be served June 10th-August 29th (Monday through Thursday) 12:00-1:00pm *Closed July 1st- July 4th*

Meet Up and Chow Down Recharged - Virginia Silver Lake: Lunch will be served June 10th-August 31st (Monday through Friday) 11:30-12:30pm *Closed July 1st- July 5th*

 

To view the 2018 Meet Up and Chow Down program report, click HERE.

More Information:

If you have questions or would like additional information on Meet Up and Chow Down, please call Michelle Lampton, Community Impact Coordinator at 218-254-3329 or email michelle@unitedwaynemn.org.