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USDA Programs Monitored by
Maine Department of Education /Child Nutrition Services
Child Nutrition Services oversees several USDA Food and Nutrition Services programs and initiatives that provide healthy food to children. Each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity. Below are brief descriptions of the programs and initiatives. Maine receives over $45 million from USDA for these programs.
The After School Snack Program provides after school snacks to children participating in structured educational programs. Schools with more than 50% free and reduced eligible students provide the snacks free to any participating student.
The program provides a grant to elementary schools that are 50% or greater free and reduced. The funds are used to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to children outside of the school meals, often served as a snack. This program has helped students try new foods and increases their consumption of fruits and vegetables during the day. The Maine grant for SY 2013 is $1.9 million.
The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs provide nutritionally balanced low-cost or free meals to children in public and private schools and residential child care institutions. The programs are supported with cash reimbursement and USDA Foods.
The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools and nonprofit summer camps who do not participate in other Federal meal service programs. The program provides reimbursement for the milk they serve to children.
The Summer Food Service Program provides meal reimbursement to eligible summer programs. Communities throughout Maine have opened the door to the SFSP and helped close the door on summer hunger. Sponsors include schools, community recreation programs, nonprofit organizations and camps. Maine has over 87 sponsors with an estimated 254 sites for children to have a summer meal at no cost. Almost 481,000 meals and snacks were served in 2012.
Child Nutrition Projects
Child Nutrition Programs are monitored to assure that federal and state regulations and rules are met and that funds are lawfully spent. School Districts, Summer Food Service Programs and Residential Child Care Institutions are reviewed at least once every three years.
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