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.