Free Summer Meal Program – Open to all June 25-August 17

Beginning June 25th to August 17th, the Biddeford School Nutrition Department, along with funds from the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFPS), will be offering a summer meal program during the week open to everyone in the community.  The meals will be free for children 18 and younger and only $3.00 for adults. Breakfast and lunch must be consumed while at the various community locations and will consist of a protein, whole grain bread or pasta, vegetable, fruit, and milk.

In 2014, the SFSP provided meals to more than 2.6 million children each day at 45,170 sites during the program’s peak month of July. SFSP served about 160 million meals and snacks at a cost to USDA of $464.9 million in fiscal 2014, primarily during summer vacation. USDA reports an average of only 14% of families take advantage of the summer meal program due to insufficient awareness of the programs. The School Department wants to provide an inexpensive alternative for families and ensure youth are provided with nutritious meals and snacks when school is not in session.

Locations include:

  • Biddeford Middle School, 25 Tiger Way
    • Breakfast: 8:00am-8:30am
    • Lunch: 11:30am-12:00pm
  • JFK Kindergarten Center, 64 West Street
    • Breakfast: 8:00am-8:30am
    • Lunch: 11:30am-12:00pm
  • McArthur Library, 270 Main Street
    • Lunch: 11:30am-12:00pm
  • Community Bicycle Center, 45 Granite Street
    • Lunch: 12:15pm-12:30pm

“We encourage youth, families, seniors and the community-at-large to visit a site and enjoy a well-balanced, healthy meal,” stated Biddeford School Department’s Nutrition Director Sandy Lewis.  “Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with others – by word of mouth or via social media – so we can ensure food insecurity during the summer months is not a concern in this community.”  

USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.