BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon was in Maine Monday to promote an expansion of the federal Summer Food Service Program. The program allows kids to eat free breakfast or lunch at sites around the state.
Summer is typically the toughest time for hungry Maine families. School is out, so kids aren't getting a meal at school. And it can be tough for families without transportation to find places to go.
Concannon said the summer food service program actually helps kids learn during the year. "There's lots of research that shows that kids lose ground in the summer time, in part, because they're in a household that they don't know. Is there going to be supper there this evening? Am I going to get something to eat tomorrow morning?"
Maine has 80 new sites this year for a total of 307. This is the first year that there is at least one site open in every county in the state.
You can find a site near you by clicking here or by calling 1-866-3-HUNGRY.