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.  In 2018 Meet Up and Chow Down will expand to include six sites. These sites will be Chisholm Kiwanis Park, Hibbing HRA, Hibbing Bennett Park, Nashwauk Public Library, Eveleth Public Library, and Virginia Silver Lake. The program is provided through support from the USDA and Minnesota Department of Education's Summer Food Service Program. 

What is the Need?

Over 787 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. 

2018 Program Details: Click on each site for more information

Chisholm Kiwanis Park:  Lunch will be served June 4th-August 30th (Monday through Thursday) 12:30-1:30pm. *Closed July 2nd- July 5th*

Hibbing HRA: Lunch will be served June 4th-August 30th (Monday through Thursday) 12:00-1:00pm. *Closed July 2nd- July 5th*

Hibbing Bennett Park: Lunch will be served June 4th-August 30th (Monday through Thursday) 12:00-1:00pm. *Closed July 2nd- July 5th*

Nashwauk Public Library: Lunch will be served June 4th-August 30th (Monday through Thursday) 12:00-1:00pm *Closed July 2nd- July 5th*

Eveleth Public Library: Lunch will be served June 4th-August 30th (Monday through Thursday) 12:00-1:00pm *Closed July 2nd- July 5th*

Virginia Silver Lake: Lunch will be served June 4th-August 31st (Monday through Friday) 11:30-12:30pm *Closed July 4th-July 6th* 

 

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 Michelle Lampton-Community Impact Coordinator at 218-254-3329 or email michelle@unitedwaynemn.org.