“For the 80,000 children in Maine who depend on the National School Lunch Program, summer is a time of uncertainty,” says Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank. “Once school is out, only 25% of these children continue to receive the meals they need to thrive. Funding from the USDA is available but it’s up to individual communities to coordinate the distribution of these meals which is a big task. That’s why we’re proud to work with our partners in Bangor and Brewer to ensure the kids in this area have access to nutritious meals all summer.”
The Food Bank estimates it will reach more than 125 children daily with the Summer Meals program. Meals are provided to all children under age 18 without charge.
According to the Maine Department of Education, there were 450 free summer meal sites across Maine last summer. For a map of all 2019 Summer Food Service Program sites across the state, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks. You can also find meal sites near you by texting “summer meals” to 97779.
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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 more than 400 partner agencies across the state, including food pantries, meal sites, schools, and senior 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 2018, the Food Bank distributed more than 25 million meals 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.