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Friends, Fun and a Food Truck - Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Program Returns
Friends, Fun and a Food Truck - Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Program Returns
Posted on 06/21/2019
Food Truck Staff Member helping young girl

Ten minutes before its scheduled daily arrival, youngsters walked or rode their bikes to the food truck stop outside a Sterling Heights clubhouse.  As they waited, the neighborhood friends were talking and laughing together.  The honking of the food truck horn heralded its return, and kids were now coming from all directions to meet up at the UCS Food Truck for another nutritious lunch. 

Hamburgers, served on a complimentary Frisbee used as a food tray, were on the menu today, along with a fruit cup, carrots, milk or juice.  The children sat together in small groups while they ate, enjoying the summer sunshine.  Afterwards, several tossed around their new Frisbee.  They will be back tomorrow for hot chicken sandwiches when the Utica Community Schools’ Meet Up and Eat Up food truck returns.

This summer UCS decided to increase the program’s reach by delivering and serving hot lunches throughout the community via a food truck.  The UCS “Follow the Food Truck” campaign encourages children and teens to meet up for lunch at five neighborhood locations Monday through Thursday.  Four school buildings are also Meet Up and Eat Up lunch sites with one, Schwarzkoff Elementary, serving both breakfast and lunch. 

“We care deeply about our students and their success at all times,” superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said.  “This partnership with USDA will provide summertime access to the same healthy meals offered through our school lunch and breakfast programs.”

All children and teens, ages 18 years old and younger, can receive healthy meals now through August 2 through the federally funded summer food program.  Persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency may also take part in this program. 

For a listing of UCS Food Truck stops, daily site menus and weather closure information, visit www.uticak12.org/SummerFood

Follow the Food Truck to these lunch locations:

Franklin Park near Schuchard Elementary, 2900 Holly, Sterling Heights

Food truck serving lunch Monday - Thursday from June 17 – August 1 from 12 noon – 12:15 p.m.

Sterling Estates picnic area, 43475 La Grande Boulevard, Sterling Heights

Food truck serving lunch Monday - Thursday from June 17 – August 1 from 12:35 - 12:55 p.m.

Autumn Woods outside the office, 44401 Bridal Lane, Sterling Heights

Food truck serving lunch Monday - Thursday from June 17 – August 1 from 1:10 – 1:30 p.m.

West Utica Elementary playground, 5415 West Utica Road, Shelby Township

Food truck serving lunch Monday - Thursday from June 17 – August 1 from 1:45 - 2:00 p.m.
On July 10, July 31 and August 21, pizza supper will be served instead of lunch, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Crystal Lake Apartments near back stairs, 2001 Crystal Lake Drive, Shelby Township

Food truck serving lunch Monday – Thursday from June 17 – August 1 from 2:20 – 2:40 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch meals served at:

Schwarzkoff Elementary, 8401 Constitution, Sterling Heights
Serving breakfast and lunch Monday – Thursday from June 24 – July 25.  Site is closed July 4 and 5.

Breakfast 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Lunch 12 noon - 12:40 p.m.

The following sites serve lunch.  No meals will be served July 4, 5, 25 and 26.

Burr Elementary, 41460 Ryan, Sterling Heights
Plumbrook Elementary, 39660 Spalding, Sterling Heights

Davis Junior High, 11311 Plumbrook, Sterling Heights
Serving lunch Monday - Friday from June 20 – August 2 from 12 noon – 12:40 p.m.

Rudgate Manor Club House, 5150 Rudgate Circle, Sterling Heights

Serving lunch Monday - Thursday from June 20 – August 1 from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

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