News Release: Maine Child Nutrition Programs Continue to Feed Children Beyond the School Year with Summer Meal Program

At the end of the school year, children in Maine can access nutritious meals through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, administered by the Maine Department of Education (DOE). These meals are available at hundreds of locations across Maine and will be listed on the Maine DOE’s Hot Lunch Summer website.

“No child should worry about being hungry at the end of the school year,” said Education Commissioner Pender Makin. “Hot Lunch Summer ensures that children in Maine continue to receive the healthy, nutritious meals they depend on during the school year and we thank the schools and organizations that have stepped up to make the distribution of these meals possible.”

The Summer Meal Program may be offered statewide in areas or sites where more than 50% of children are eligible for free or reduced meals under the National School Meal Program or where tracking data of the census meet the needs. Eligible sponsoring organizations include schools, nonprofit residential summer camps, government agencies, and tax-exempt organizations, including faith-based organizations.

The Maine DOE has launched a statewide program advertising campaign to create awareness that the Summer Food Service Program exists and clearly explain the logistics of where, when, and how children and teens in Maine can access complementary meals. The multimedia campaign includes a fun and original song titled “Hot Lunch Summer” for broadcast radio, a multi-length accompanying video, including a 30-second broadcast and streamed TV commercial, a series of colorful shareable graphics for social media. , and a series of printed materials for distribution in schools and eating places. The campaign, which will run through July, is expected to generate over 5.25 million impressions.

To find nearby summer meal sites, please visit, or text “Summer Meals” to (914)342-7744. Information will be available mid-June.

For more information about the Maine DOE Summer Food Service Program, contact [email protected], call 592-1722, or visit


Pursuant to federal civil rights law and the civil rights regulations and policies of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or retaliation or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be available in languages ​​other than English. Persons with disabilities who require other means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audio tape, American Sign Language) should contact the responsible state or local agency administering the program or the USDA TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a complaint of discrimination under a program, a complainant must complete an AD-3027 form, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to the USDA. The letter should contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to notify the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) of the nature and date of a complaint. alleged violation of civil rights. The completed AD-3027 form or letter should be submitted to the USDA by:
(1) mail:
United States Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, Southwest
Washington, DC 20250-9410; Where
(2) facsimile:
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; Where
(3) email:
[email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Maine Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, religion, ancestry or national origin.

Complaints of discrimination should be filed with the office of the Maine Human Rights Commission, 51 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0051. If you want to file a discrimination complaint electronically, visit the Human Rights Commission website at and complete an admission questionnaire. Maine is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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