Local Groups Team Up to Fill Summer Feeding Gap
For many children in Presque Isle, finding a decent meal on a regular basis can prove difficult, particularly when school is not in session.
There are programs in place that help, such as the SAD #1’s summer feeding program; however, when a gap in service was identified, a collaboration of local organizations stepped up to meet that need.
In accordance with USDA guidelines, the school district’s summer feeding program ends once the high school goes back in session in August, as they are not allowed to run two separate feeding programs at the same time. However, since elementary and middle school children do not return to school for another three weeks, it means some children have simply not been getting the food they need during that time.
Food will be collected and assembled through the Presque Isle Recreation Department. The new Sargent Family Community Center has a beautiful kitchen area and food will be assembled ala carte style and handed out using TAMC’s “WOW wagon”.
As word of the Summer Gap Feeding Program is getting out, community support has already been tremendous. Cassidy Orthodontics and Northern Lighthouse have each stepped up to sponsor a day during the program. Farm Credit East has committed to be an Early Bird Sponsor, covering the expenses for a half day. Smith’s Farm is donating fresh broccoli and cauliflower for the program, while ACAP is going to do a juice box drive.
The hope is that more businesses, organizations, clubs, church groups or families will choose to become involved. There are many ways to help. Sponsor a day, do a cereal or snack food drive, volunteer to serve, or donate any amount you are able.
More information about the Summer Gap Feeding Program is available on the United Way of Aroostook Facebook page or by contacting Sherry Locke at 207-764-5197.
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