Summer is a beautiful time in Maine, but for thousands of Maine kids, summer means one thing - hunger.
More than 80,000 Maine kids receive free or reduced price meals in the school cafeteria, but when summer comes around, many of these children face three long months of going hungry.
Families with two kids have to come up with more than 200 extra meals during summer vacation and that added expense is nearly impossible for many low-income families.
This summer, Good Shepherd Food Bank will sponsor 6 Summer Lunch sites for kids in Bangor, Brewer, & Ellsworth. We will also work to stock the shelves of food pantries thoughouth the state with nutritious food for families facing hunger.
With your help, we can provide even more meals for Maine kids this summer.
The facts are startling: 1 in 4 Maine children are not receiving the nutritious food they need to learn in school and live a healthy life. This problem is daunting, but Good Shepherd Food Bank is committed to finding a solution.
This summer, Good Shepherd Food Bank will once again partner with farmers and food producers to bring fresh, local foods to Maine residents through our Mainers Feeding Mainers program.
In 2012 we distributed over 900,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables grown right here in Maine to families in need. This year, we plan to do even more.