BANGOR – Many kids rely on meals provided by schools.
With COVID-19 shutting schools down several local businesses and organizations have stepped up to help feed kids. Three corporations have teamed up to help on a national level, including in Maine.
PepsiCo’s Food for Good program has been around for about a decade and has provided meals to kids in summer and after school programming, but has adjusted after COVID-19 left many kids without school meals.
“A child will receive a box that contains in that box 10 shelf stable breakfast meals 10 shelf stable lunch meals delivered straight to their doors and then every two weeks it’s replenished,” PepsiCo Foundation Food for Good senior manager, Doug Hargis, said.
PepsiCo has teamed up with the USDA and the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty to deliver meals to children around the country in an effort called ‘Meals to You.’ Meals are being brought to children in Milford, Hancock and Millinocket. The registration process is fairly simple.
“It’s just contacting the USDA through their meals to you program and they will make the process there of bringing in the applications and sending them out to providers or partners of the USDA such as Food for Good,” Hargis said.
Over multiple weeks the program has distributed thousands of meals to Maine kids and 5 million meals nationwide, helping hungry kids around the country.
“We all look for purpose in what we do everyday I can’t tell you how much purpose that I get out of this role and when I say it’s a privilege I don’t say that tongue and cheek it is absolutely a privilege to do this work,” Hargis said with a smile.