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MARSP launches campaign to feed children during summer break

To help feed Michigan schoolchildren during the summer months, MARSP members will be showing up at their former school districts in late April and early May to collect food donations in a campaign called “Summ’re Hungry.

Summ’re Hungry is a collaboration between MARSP and the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) along with the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals and Michigan Association of School Administrators.

“People are generous with donations to food banks during fall and into the holiday season, but not necessarily at other times of the year,” says Mark Guastella, MARSP executive director. “Our goal is to help stock the food banks of Michigan this spring so that children don’t have to miss meals when school is out for summer.”

One in four Michigan children lives in poverty, and in the summer months many children are “food insecure.”

“MARSP’s efforts will keep children fed during the summer,” says Phil Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. “Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. This campaign aims to remind people that children and families need support year-round.”

MARSP members in the following school districts will conduct Summ’re Hungry food drives during April and May:

  • Ann Arbor

  • Battle Creek

  • Comstock Park

  • Grand Haven

  • Lansing

  • Saginaw

  • Traverse City

Nonperishable food items will be collected and delivered to local pantries to help feed children who don’t have access to school meals all summer.

MARSP, founded in 1951, has approximately 40,000 members in Michigan and other states. The statewide organization and member chapters advocate for protecting pensions and health care benefits of current and future retirees of Michigan public schools.

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