During July, more than 250 Waldo County kids received free rides to and from The Game Loft in Belfast, where they ate free hot lunches and enjoyed free enrichment activities and constructive summer fun.

Without school breakfasts and lunches, some families have a hard time making ends meet. Many don’t have access to transportation to get to the free lunches served to kids at The Game Loft through the Summer Food Service Program.

Thanks to a grant from the Good Shepherd Food Bank, kids from across the county have been transported to Belfast in the Game Loft’s two old seven-passenger vans for free hot meals every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

When they finish their meals, they can participate in Game Loft activities and have supervised recreation with their friends.

The Game Loft is offering free rides and free lunches throughout August. Anyone who knows of a Waldo County child who could benefit from this program is urged to call The Game Loft at 338-6447 and speak with Mike Robertson.

The Game Loft provides an environment where young people are guided to become caring, competent, confident, contributing and connected adults. The Loft is open for summer hours Monday, 2 to 6 p.m., for young gamers 12 and under; Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Friday, 1 to 8:30 p.m., for young people 18 and under; and at Mount View Middle School on Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. for youth in grades 3 to 12.

The Loft is funded in part with support from the City of Belfast and other Waldo County municipalities, United Midcoast Charities, United Way of Eastern Maine and many individual donors and other foundations.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

For more information visit us www.thegameloft.org.