Photo By Bill Pearson

Free summer lunch program for youth under way in Bucksport



Photo By Bill Pearson
RSU 25 Food Service Director Glenn Redman and cook Cindy Maguire are prepared to serve up to 70 cold lunches for local youths. RSU 25 is part of a state and federal effort to provide nutritious lunches during school vacation.

BUCKSPORT — School may be on vacation, but hunger isn’t. In an effort to provide youths with nutritious cold lunches, the state Department of Education is sponsoring a free summer nutrition program throughout the state.

The federal government has provided money for the free summer lunch program since 1978, but this is the first year every Maine county has participated.

This year, school and nonprofit groups in Hancock, Lincoln and Knox counties began serving free summer lunches.

Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) is the only free summer lunch site in Hancock County. The school unit serves up to 70 youths five days a week at the G.H. Jewett Middle School cafeteria in Bucksport. The lunch is served Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m.

The free lunch began on June 17 and runs until Aug. 29.

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Bill Pearson

Bill Pearson

Former Ellsworth American reporter worked at the Piscataquis Observer for 3.5 years before joining the American. The Corinna native served one term on the SAD 48 Board of Directors.