BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A little more than half of the kids in the Bangor School District participate in the National School Lunch Program, providing free and reduced lunches to families in need. But when school lets out for the summer, that's nearly an extra 200 meals struggling families have to come up with for their kids.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank is sponsoring a Summer Lunch program to help lift that burden. Starting June 24th, anyone under the age of 18 is able to come to one of six locations, compared to last year's three, to receive a bagged lunch similar to one that a student would receive in their school cafeteria. The Monday-through-Friday program will also provide activities to help kids stay active during the summer months and keep them excited for when school resumes in fall.
"What we're able to do is offer meals very similar to what they are served in a school cafeteria. Not necessarily a hot meal, but a bagged lunch that's usually a sandwich, some fruit, some vegetables and milk that goes along with that," said Melissa Huston, Development Associate for Good Shepherd Food Bank.
"They're receiving one or two hot meals throughout the day throughout the summer. It's key to the students coming back in the fall ready, energized for the next school year. It provides an environment for success and we know those kids are fed," said Downeast Elementary Principal Richard Fournier.
You can find more information about the Summer Lunch program, as well as this year's locations on the Good Shepherd Food Bank website at www.gsfb.org.