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Oct 3, 2013

Summer Food Services Program Tallies Increased Number of Meals for 2013

Increase over Last Summer is Substantial
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Summer Food Services Program Tallies Increased Number of Meals for 2013

Increase over Last Summer is Substantial

 

PORTLAND (October 1, 2013) —  The Opportunity Alliance’s Summer Foods Services program served 57,558 meals and snacks to children from June 24th to August 23rd throughout Cumberland County. This is an increase over last summer of more than 8,000 meals and snacks. Our Summer Food Service 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. Our Kids Katering program prepares the meals and snacks which are delivered to locations throughout Cumberland County.


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.  Summer vacation exposes many of them to increased risk of hunger and developmental decline.  This is a problem nationwide.  Typically, only 20 percent of the 3,700 students eligible for free and reduced-price meals take advantage of the summer program.  This past summer, however, a concerted effort to raise awareness and to serve meals at more locations such as playgrounds and neighborhoods where there is subsidized housing, helped to boost the number of meals substantially over last summer. 

 

The Summer Food Service Program is federally funded and administered by the Maine Department of Education.  Local partners working to increase participation include The Opportunity Alliance, Portland Public Schools, The United Way of Greater Portland, the City of Portland, Healthy Portland, and Preble Street Resource Center.

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Summer Food Services Program Tallies Increased Number of Meals for 2013

Increase over Last Summer is Substantial

 

PORTLAND (October 1, 2013) —  The Opportunity Alliance’s Summer Foods Services program served 57,558 meals and snacks to children from June 24th to August 23rd throughout Cumberland County. This is an increase over last summer of more than 8,000 meals and snacks. Our Summer Food Service 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. Our Kids Katering program prepares the meals and snacks which are delivered to locations throughout Cumberland County.


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.  Summer vacation exposes many of them to increased risk of hunger and developmental decline.  This is a problem nationwide.  Typically, only 20 percent of the 3,700 students eligible for free and reduced-price meals take advantage of the summer program.  This past summer, however, a concerted effort to raise awareness and to serve meals at more locations such as playgrounds and neighborhoods where there is subsidized housing, helped to boost the number of meals substantially over last summer. 

 

The Summer Food Service Program is federally funded and administered by the Maine Department of Education.  Local partners working to increase participation include The Opportunity Alliance, Portland Public Schools, The United Way of Greater Portland, the City of Portland, Healthy Portland, and Preble Street Resource Center.

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