RSU 71 receives $500 grant toward summer food program

Apr 25, 2019
Stacie Hustus from Regional School Unit 71 and Barbara Bonnell from Regional School Unit 18 in Kennebec County pose with a symbolic award check. Both districts will receive $500 grants for summer food programs.

Regional School Unit 71 has been chosen to receive a $500 Summer Food Grant from Full Plates Full Potential, Maine’s only statewide childhood hunger organization.

Full Plates launched its inaugural 16 County Competition to highlight the critical work summer food programs do reaching the 82,000 children who qualify for free and reduced-price school meals. Grants were awarded in each of the state's 16 counties.

The Waldo County school district that serves Belfast, Belmont, Morrill, Searsmont and Swanville served 3,695 meals last year during the summer, which is an increase of 40 percent over 2017, according to Anna Korsen, Full Plates Full Potential’s program director. RSU 71 Nutrition Director Perley Martin said a dedicated staff and strong partnerships with local organizations are key.

“We partner with the Belfast YMCA and the summer school every year, and this year we piloted serving meals at a local state park," Martin said. "Our program gets fresh produce from local farms, and the kids love it.”

Learn more about the Full Plates organization online at fullplates.org.

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