AUGUSTA — With the help of the U.S. Division of Agriculture, Maine public faculties have lengthy provided a nutritious breakfast and lunch meal program to 1000’s of youngsters in Maine throughout the college 12 months.
Throughout the pandemic, many flexibilities have been put into place to make sure youngsters had entry to complementary meals whereas studying remotely from house or attending college in individual, in line with a information launch.
“We applaud those that labored tirelessly to offer meals to youngsters throughout a difficult college 12 months,” a information launch from the Maine Division of Training learn. “With summer time proper across the nook, that vital service will proceed in lots of areas of Maine. The Summer time Meals Service Program, a program of the U.S. Division of Agriculture, operates at a whole bunch of websites throughout Maine to make sure youngsters get the vitamin they want.”
The Summer time Meals Service Program could also be provided statewide in areas or at websites the place greater than 50 p.c of the youngsters are eligible without cost or diminished meal advantages below the Nationwide Faculty Lunch Program or the place census observe knowledge helps the necessity.
This summer time, space eligibility waivers have allowed websites to function in areas which have want as a result of COVID-19 public well being emergency. Eligible sponsoring organizations embody faculties, nonprofit residential summer time camps, authorities businesses, and tax-exempt organizations together with faith-based organizations.
“Maine’s Nationwide Faculty Lunch Applications are a useful lifeline to our college students for whom faculties are a a lot wanted and constant supply for meals.” stated Maine Division of Training Commissioner Pender Makin. “The Summer time Meals Service Program helps faculties proceed to offer this important useful resource to Maine college students via the summer time months, and we’re dedicated to helping faculties and communities as they deal with the wants of the entire baby.”
In July 2020, 112 sponsors participated in this system, serving meals at 730 websites all through the state. Sponsors function open websites in all 16 counties in Maine; anybody 18 and below might come to eat without charge.
Many sponsors will probably be using USDA flexibilities which permit meals to be consumed off web site to advertise bodily distancing and are providing modern supply and repair fashions to satisfy the demand safely.
To seek out close by Summer time Meal websites, please go to USDA’s Summer time Meal Web site Finder web site at: https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids, textual content “Summer time Meals” to 97779 or name 211.