Maine SAD 54 awarded summer food grant

PORTLAND — The Somerset County 2019 16 County Summer Grant Competition winner from Full Plates Full Potential is School Administrative District 54.
The district will get a $500 Summer Meals Program Grant to support its 2020 summer program. Full Plates’ 16 County Summer Grant Competition was launched to highlight the critical work summer food programs do reaching the over 80,000 children who qualify for free and reduced-price school meals. The district includes Skowhegan, Canaan, Mercer, Smithfield, Cornville and Norridgewock.
The program last year served 9,385 meals, an increase of 3,435 meals from 2018, said Anna Korsen, Full Plates Full Potential’s director of advocacy and partnerships. “Summer is an extremely challenging time for children effected by hunger. Our 16 County Grant Program aims to showcase and reward the best of summer programs across our state.”
Jana Wacome, of SAD 54, said, “We were able to reach more children last summer because we opened a new site at one of our busy playgrounds in town. We also have the support of a wonderful staff member. She goes above and beyond her job for the kids by providing fun activities once a week for them at one of our sites.”
Maine has 122 Summer Food Service Programs with 467 meal sites across the state. This summer, 727,612 meals were served statewide.