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.  Over the summer of 2019, 6,625 Meet Up and Chow Down lunches were served at 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?

More than 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 Meet Up and Chow Down results:

To view the 2019 Meet Up and Chow Down program report, click HERE.

Stay tuned for 2020 Meet Up and Chow Down details!

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