During the school year, more than 80,000 Maine children participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program to ensure they get the nutrition that they need to thrive in school. Less than 25% of those children receive meals during the summer months, largely due to the lack of school meal programs. To help meet the nutritional needs of Maine children, Good Shepherd Food Bank became a sponsor of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program in Bangor & Brewer.
During the summer months, we work with partners across the city to serve up freshly prepared meals that are both nutritious and delicious for FREE to children ages 18 and under. As part of the program, the Food Bank partners with volunteers and nonprofits from across the city to offer enrichment activities like gardening, nutrition, sports, and more.
Find a summer site in your community with the Summer Meal Site Finder mapping tool. You can also text “Summer Meals” to 97779 or call 1-866-348-6479 to find a site near you.