Healthy Lincoln County is celebrating the start of its sixth summer food-service program at Waldoboro Day, Saturday, June 16 at A.D. Gray School. Healthy Lincoln County will have an information tent at Waldoboro Day, with meal-site locations, schedules, menus, giveaways, and volunteer sign-ups.
The USDA-funded summer meals program is open to all children ages 18 and under, no questions asked, and no registration required. Healthy Lincoln County supervises over a dozen meal sites in order to give children access to free, healthy meals.
While many children receive free or reduced breakfasts and lunches during the school year, the need for nutritious meals continues through the summer. Additionally, providing meals in the summer can be a financial burden for families that rely on school-based programs.
“We decided to kick off summer food at Waldoboro Day this year because this is a fun, family-friendly event and the kids will have just had their last day of school,” said Emily Bauer, coordinator of the program. “In several Lincoln County schools, over 50 percent of students receive free or reduced meals, so we’re promoting the program across Lincoln County to
reach all families who could benefit and who can also spread the word.”
This summer, there will be several return sites from last year, as well as a few new summer meal locations. The final schedule for summer meal sites will be released on Monday, June 18. More information can be found on the “Lincoln County Summer Meals” Facebook page or at healthylincolncounty.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339, or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).