2016-06-16 / Community News

Biddeford to provide meals throughout summer

The Biddeford School Nutrition Department, along with funds from the USDA Summer Food Service Program, will offer a summer meal program June 20 through Aug. 12, during the week, open to everyone in the community. The meals will be free for children 18 and younger and $3 for adults. Breakfast and lunch must be consumed while at the various community locations and will consist of a protein, whole grain bread or pasta, vegetable, fruit and milk.

In 2014, the Summer Food Service Program provided meals to more than 2.6 million children each day at 45,170 sites during July. It served about 160 million meals and snacks at a cost to USDA of $464.9 million in fiscal year 2014, primarily during summer vacation. USDA reports an average of 14 percent of families take advantage of the summer meal program due to insufficient awareness of the programs.

Locations include:

June 20 through Aug. 12, Monday through Friday

 JFK Kindergarten Center, 64 West St., breakfast: 8 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon.

 Canopy Park Community Center, 46 Sullivan St., lunch: 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

 McArthur Library, 270 Main St., lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

July 5 through Aug. 4, Monday through Thursday

 Biddeford Middle School, 25 Tiger Way, breakfast: 8 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch: 11 to 11:30 a.m.

“We encourage youth, families, seniors and the community-at-large to visit a site and enjoy a wellbalanced, healthy meal,” said Biddeford School Department Nutrition Director Sandy Lewis. “Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with others – by word of mouth or via social media – so we can ensure food insecurity during the summer months is not a concern in this community.”

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