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.  During the summer of 2017, Meet Up and Chow Down provided lunch to children in both Chisholm and Hibbing.  The program is provided through support from the USDA and Minnesota Department of Education's Summer Food Service Program. 

What is the Need?

Over 670 children in 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 available. 

2017 Program Details:

Lunch was served Monday - Thursday, June 5th - August 31st to children ages one to 18.  The Hibbing program was open 11:30am to 12:30pm at the Hibbing City Hall east lawn (Hibbing Public Library will be rain site).  In Hibbing, 1,241 meals were served.  The Chisholm program was open from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the Chisholm Kiwanis Park (Chisholm Public Library will be rain site).  In Chisholm, 1,964 meals were served.Lunch was provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To view the 2017 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 Elizabeth at 218-254-3329 or email