Summer Food Program Seeking Participants

AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Education is seeking organizations to participate in the federally funded summer food service program.

The program helps provide healthy free meals for children when school is not in session and currently operates in every county in Maine.

The Summer Meal Program may be offered statewide in areas where more than 50% of children qualify for free or reduced meals under the National School Meal Program or where census data supports the need .

The Maine Department of Education is currently recruiting eligible sponsors to administer the program. These sponsors will receive a federal reimbursement for each meal served.

“Organizations are needed to basically provide meal services to children, to have the ability to prepare meals, hold meals, serve safely and follow other regulations that we would train on with the Maine Department of Education,” said Adriane Ackroyd, assistant director of child nutrition services.

Sites have already been established in places like schools, camps and libraries.

So far, there are 131 approved sponsors in Maine.

As of July 2021, the Summer Food Service Program served nearly 23,000 meals at 861 Maine food locations.

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