RSU 24 Summer Food Program Feeds Kids For Free
June 30, 2014

With summer upon us, it’s time to think about helping children stay healthy while school is out. RSU 24 is a new sponsor of the Summer Meals Program in Hancock County, providing free healthy meals to children during the summer.

This summer, meals will be served at four locations in the district. There are no income requirements or registration. Any child from the age of 1 to 18 may come to eat for free. Food is to be consumed on site, and adults may also purchase a meal for $4.

The four summer meal sites include:

Sumner Memorial High School; 2456 US Hwy 1, Sullivan
Dates: July 9th to August 13th, Wednesdays
Serving Time: 11am – 12pm (open gym follows lunch from 12pm to 2pm)

Cave Hill School; 1205 Eastbrook Road, Eastbrook
Dates: July 8th to August 12th, Tuesdays
Serving Time: 11am - 12:30pm
Dates: July 21st to July 25th, Monday – Friday
Serving Time: Breakfast, 9am – 9:30am; Lunch, 12pm – 12:30pm

Ella Lewis School; 15 Village Road, Steuben
Dates: July 14th to July 18th, Monday – Friday
Serving Time: Breakfast, 9am - 9:30am; Lunch, 12pm – 12:30pm

Mountain View School; 542 Bert Gray Road, Sullivan
Dates: July 28th to August 1st, Monday – Friday
Serving Time: Breakfast, 9am – 9:30am; Lunch, 12pm – 12:30pm

Healthy Acadia partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Maine Department of Education and local organizations to provide free meals to children across Hancock County when school is out for the summer. As an extension of the National School Lunch Program (which provides free and reduced school meals to students during the year), the Summer Food Service Program provides meals to children during the summer. In addition to providing food, summer meals sites can teach nutrition education, and provide physical activity, games, and tasting contests all in a safe and fun supervised environment. For more information about the Summer Meals Program, visit

“We are excited to be working with schools, community organizations, and other community partners to help get meals to the kids who need it most,” stated Christina Fortin, Maine Hunger Initiative VISTA with Healthy Acadia. “Just two years ago, there were no summer meals sites in Hancock County, and now there will be at least 7 this summer. These sites are so important for the health of the kids in our region, and we look forward to helping the summer meal program continue to grow!”

Other meal sites in Hancock County will be held in Bucksport, Penobscot, and Deer Isle. To get involved in setting up a summer meal site, for more information, or for volunteer opportunities, contact Christina Fortin at Healthy Acadia: 667-7171 or