DETROIT — The Detroit Lions will kick off their 2013 season in the community by continuing efforts to fight food insecurity in Detroit. In partnership with United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Fair Food Network, Detroit Eastern Market, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Playworks and Wayne State University School of Medicine, the team presents Meet Up & Eat Up with the Lions, beginning Tuesday, September 10 at Eastern Market.
Tuesday’s inaugural event will feature former Lions Pro Bowler, T Lomas Brown.
This weekly program, continuing through October 22, will build upon the Detroit Lions Living for the City’s ‘Lunch with the Lions’ event which debuted in 2012. Like last year, Meet Up & Eat Up with the Lions will educate Detroit Public School children about making healthy eating and lifestyle choices.
The program will include lunch, cooking demonstrations from Levy Restaurants/Ford Field Executive Chef Joe Nader, an Eastern Market shopping trip, group recess activities and Detroit Lions mascot and alumni appearances.
New to this year’s program are the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Fair Food Network. WSU School of Medicine will focus on helping better explicate and highlight the parallels between healthy eating and its impact on the body and mind.
Fair Food Network, a national non-profit dedicated to building a more just and sustainable food system, brings its Double Up Food Bucks initiative to the program. Children will learn about this program which matches up to $20 a day when SNAP recipients use their Bridge Cards to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables.
For more information, contact Chad Walker at 313-216-4170.
About Living for the City
Living for the City is the philanthropic program of The Detroit Lions. Its goal is to support transformational efforts that improve the wellbeing of metro Detroit’s underserved communities. Living for the City focuses on sustainable health and wellness initiatives and community development. Living for the City supports organizations that pursue integrated approaches to physical fitness, healthy eating, housing, land use and environmental planning, public transportation, community infrastructure, and aligned workforce opportunities. For more information, please visit www.detroitlions.com/community.