Sites will offer free meals to Bangor/Brewer youth throughout summer
Bangor, ME – Good Shepherd Food Bank will be sponsoring five Summer Lunch sites where Bangor and Brewer children can receive free nutritious meals this summer, when the school lunches they depend on through the school year are unavailable.
Through partnerships with the Bangor Housing Authority, Bangor Public Library, Community Health and Counseling Services, City of Bangor – Health and Community Services, and Brewer Housing Authority, meals will be offered at the Bangor Community Center in Capehart, the Griffin Park playground, Bangor Public Library, Second Street Park, and Rinfret Drive in Brewer. Sites will begin operation on June 23 and will be open daily Monday through Friday. Site schedules throughout the summer are as follows:
|Site Name||Site Address||Days Open||Service Hours||Dates of Operation|
|Capehart||161 Davis Road Bangor, ME||M – F||12pm – 2pm||June 23 – August 29|
|Griffin Park||194 Griffin Park Bangor, ME||M – F||12:30pm – 1:30pm||June 23 – August 29|
|Bangor Public Library||145 Harlow Street
|M – F||12pm – 1pm||June 23 – August 8|
|Second Street Park||2nd Street Bangor, ME||M – F||12pm – 1pm||June 23- August 29|
|Brewer Housing Authority||Rinfret Drive Brewer, ME||M – F||12pm – 1pm||June 23- August 22|
“We are excited to once again sponsor the Summer Food Service Program in Bangor and Brewer,” says Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank. “More than 85,000 Maine children depend on the National School Lunch program during the school year. Despite the availability of funding from the USDA, only about 17 percent of those students receive meals during the long summer break, due to a variety of obstacles such as lack of awareness and accessible sites. With our partners in the area, we’re working to make sure more kids in the Bangor region have nutritious meals this summer.”
The Food Bank estimates it will reach about 150 children daily with the Summer Lunch program. Meals are provided to all children under age 18 without charge.
In addition to the site partners, the Food Bank collaborates with many agencies to run the summer meals program, including Bangor School System, Maine Department of Education, Healthy Maine Partnerships, United Way of Eastern Maine, and Maine Hunger Initiative.
In an effort to help expand the Summer Food Service Program throughout the state, this year Good Shepherd Food Bank also offered small grants to other agencies seeking to launch or enhance summer meals sites. The Food Bank granted nearly $19,000 to seven schools and nonprofit organizations in seven different counties across the state. These grant funds will help improve access to and operation of Summer Food Service sites in areas such as Millinocket, Lubec, and Hiram.
For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, please contact Shannon Coffin at (207) 782-3554 x 1163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For statistics on poverty and hunger, photos, or interview requests, please contact Clara Whitney at (207) 782-3554 x 1166 or email@example.com.
Summer Food Service Program meals are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
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About Good Shepherd Food Bank
As the largest hunger relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank provides for Mainers facing hunger by distributing nutritious food to 600 partner agencies across the state, including food pantries, meal sites, and youth programs. Together with its network, the Food Bank leads a statewide effort to combat the root causes of hunger by engaging in advocacy, nutrition education, and strategic partnerships. In 2013, the Food Bank distributed more than 15 million pounds of food to families, children, and seniors in need throughout Maine. Website: www.feedingmaine.org; Phone: (207) 782-3554; Facebook: www.facebook.com/feedingmaine; Twitter: www.twitter.com/feedingmaine.
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