“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, less than 25 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 more than 150 children daily with the Summer Lunch program. Meals are provided to all children under age 18 without charge.
Good Shepherd Food Bank and Bangor Housing Authority will be hosting their annual kick-off event to raise awareness about the summer meals program at Capehart Community Center on Friday, June 24 at 11:30 AM.
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 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 2015, the Food Bank distributed more than 19 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.