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Sep 21, 2016

The Opportunity Alliance’s Summer Lunch Program Serves More than 55,000 Meals and Snacks

Free Summer Lunch Program Administered at 21 Sites across Cumberland County

PORTLAND (September 2016) The Opportunity Alliance’s Summer Food Service Program served 55,550 meals and snacks this summer, including 9,500 snacks served at the Portland and South Portland Boys and Girls Clubs. 

PORTLAND (September 2016) The Opportunity Alliance’s Summer Food Service Program served 55,550 meals and snacks this summer, including 9,500 snacks served at the Portland and South Portland Boys and Girls Clubs.  The Opportunity Alliance’s Summer Food Services program collaborates with numerous community partners and volunteers to ensure that nutritious meals are available Monday through Friday for children during the summer months when school is out. Summer vacation exposes many children to increased risk of hunger and developmental decline. This is a problem nationwide and can be particularly problematic for communities where a large number or majority of students are receiving free or reduced-price meals at school. In Portland, for example, more than half of the students enrolled in the Portland Public Schools depend on free or reduced-price school lunches and breakfasts for nine months of the year. The Summer Lunch Program allows these children can have nutritious meals throughout the summer as well.

The Opportunity Alliance's Summer Food Service Program hosts 21 sites throughout Cumberland County for any child 18 years of age and. The Summer Food Service Program is federally funded and administered by the Maine Department of Education. 

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