July 21, 2018
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Summer program offers free meals to children in Bangor, Brewer

BANGOR — Good Shepherd Food Bank will sponsor five Summer Lunch sites where Bangor and Brewer children can receive free nutritious meals this summer, when the school lunches they depend on through the school year are unavailable.

Through partnerships with the Bangor School Department, Bangor Housing Authority, Bangor Public Library and Brewer Housing Authority, meals will be offered at the Bangor Community Center in Capehart, the Griffin Park playground, Bangor Public Library, Fairmount School and Rinfret Drive in Brewer. Site schedules throughout the summer are:

  • Capehart, noon-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 15-Aug. 28, 161 Davis Road, Bangor.
  • Griffin Park, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 15-Aug. 28, 194 Griffin Park, Bangor.
  • Bangor Public Library, noon-1 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 15-Aug. 28, 145 Harlow St.
  • Fairmount School, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 22-Aug. 14, 53 Thirteenth St., Bangor.
  • Brewer Housing Authority, noon-1 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 22-Aug. 28, Rinfret Drive, Brewer.

“The Bangor/Brewer Summer Lunch Program is such a great example of what can happen when community partners come together with the common goal of making nutritious meals accessible to vulnerable kids during their summer break,” said Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank. “We’ve been so pleased to be a part of growing this program here over the past three years and encourage other organizations all over Maine to get involved in ending summer hunger too. The resources are out there to make sure no child goes hungry, it’s up to all of us to utilize those resources effectively so we can make that a reality.”

The Food Bank estimates it will reach approximately 150 children daily with the Summer Lunch Program. Meals are provided to all children under age 18 without charge.

In addition to the site partners, the Food Bank collaborates with many agencies to run the summer meals program, including Bangor School System, Maine Department of Education, Healthy Maine Partnerships, United Way of Eastern Maine and Maine Hunger Initiative.

In an effort to help expand the Summer Food Service Program throughout the state, this year Good Shepherd Food Bank also offered small grants to other agencies seeking to launch or enhance summer meals sites. The Food Bank granted more than $19,000 to 10 schools and nonprofit organizations in nine counties across the state. These grant funds will help improve access to and operation of Summer Food Service sites in areas such as North Anson, Unity, Waterville and Fryeburg.

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, or statistics on poverty and hunger, contact Melissa Huston at 299-7793 or mhuston@gsfb.org.

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