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Jul 7, 2015

New Feeding Bodies & Minds Project to Launch with Bigger-than-Ever Summer Success Picnic in Deering Oaks Park

On Wednesday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Portland’s new Feeding Bodies & Minds collaborative project will host a bigger-than-ever Summer Success Picnic at Deering Oaks Park to celebrate the power of combining summer meals and summer learning for kids.  Mayor Michael Brennan and Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk will be on hand to offer remarks and lead children in the Portland Pledge for Summer Success at 12:00 PM, followed by a special performance by the Circus Conservatory of America at 12:30 PM.

Additional special guests will include the Slugger the Sea Dog, the Portland Public Library Bookmobile, the Portland Fire Department, UMaine 4-H Summer of Science Team, Girl Scouts, PNC Peacemakers, the YMCA, and more.

The picnic is just one featured part of the comprehensive Portland summer meals program, which provides free lunches to kids and teens ages 18 and under at 18 neighborhood sites across the city. Thanks to the efforts of the Feeding Bodies & Minds coordinator, partners, and volunteers, almost every summer meal site will offer summer learning opportunities—such as science experiments, reading, games, and crafts—almost every day this summer.

Feeding Bodies & Minds is a collaborative initiative of Healthy Portland (a local Healthy Maine Partnership based out of the City of Portland’s Public Health Division), Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative, 211 Maine, the USDA Summer Meal Program, and a number of Portland ConnectED partners, including Portland Public Schools and The Opportunity Alliance.

This year, Portland’s summer meals program is also supported through grants received by Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative and the City of Portland from Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool & Summer Meals Programs (CHAMPS), an initiative of the National League of Cities and the Food Research and Action Committee (FRAC). The primary goal of this effort is to reduce childhood hunger in Portland by expanding access to and participation in the USDA At-Risk Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs.

This year, the Portland summer meals program is also supported through grants received  funding through Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool & Summer Meals Programs (CHAMPS), an initiative of the National League of Cities and the Food Research and Action Committee (FRAC).

The event is free and open to all Portland kids and their families. In case of rain, the event will be postponed to Thursday, July 9.

For more information about Feeding Bodies & Minds, visit www.portlandschools.org.

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