HAMPDEN – Maine school leaders have received another federal waiver to expand food programs for students stuck at home during remote learning.
The Maine Department of Education’s first waiver allowed them to use the Summer Food Service Program to feed students who were sent home to study in mid-March.
On Monday, the second waiver approved eliminated requirements that at lease 50 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunches.
School leaders wanted to ensure all students had access to the program, said Kathy Kittridge, RSU 22 food service director.
“We’re helping a need,” Kittridge said Friday as staff packed meals into coolers. “There is families that are finding themselves in situations they weren’t in. Maybe they didn’t qualify for free and reduced lunch but now they don’t have a job so they’re a little nervous.”
RSU 22 covers the communities of Hampden, Frankfort, Newburgh and Winterport. On Friday, employees handed out around 1,600 meals in 800 kits that include both breakfast and lunch.
The new approval also allows schools to work with community groups to provide bulk packages of food that can be prepared at home.
To sign up for meal delivery contact your local school department. In RSU 22, email the food service director at [email protected]