The Lewiston School’s Nutrition Department plans to offer nutritional benefits to the city’s children and in some cases adults 60 and over over the course of the coming school year, according to a press release.

The Maine Department of Education oversees several USDA Food and Nutrition Services programs and initiatives that provide healthy nutrition to children. Each of these programs help fight hunger and obesity. Below are brief descriptions of the programs and initiatives that the Lewiston Public Schools feeding program participates in.

School Breakfast Program: Students who eat breakfast have fewer school days and fewer visits to the nurse. The federally funded school breakfast program provides students up to the age of 21 enrolled in public and private nonprofit schools and childcare facilities with the fuel they need to be full, focused, and ready to learn.

National School Lunch Program: The government-sponsored meal program is run in public and not-for-profit private schools and childcare facilities. It offers children a balanced, inexpensive or free lunch every day of school.

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP): The Lewiston School District is a CEP – this provision gives districts and / or schools the option not to collect free and discounted meal requests. All children at Lewiston Public Schools eat for free.

Child and Adult Care Nutrition Program: CACFP provides nutritious meals for adults aged 60 and over in qualified care facilities or mentally or physically challenged adults who limit their independence. CACFP offers up to two meals and one snack per adult per day.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: FFVP grants elementary schools a grant of 50% or more free of charge and at a reduced rate. The funds are used to provide the children with fresh fruit and vegetables outside of school meals, which are often served as snacks. This program has helped students try new foods and increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables during the day.

Afterschool Snack Service Program: ASSP provides after-school snacks for children participating in structured educational programs. Schools with more than 50% free and discounted students provide the snacks to all participating students free of charge. A school must provide an organized, structured and supervised environment, including educational or enriching activities. High-performing intra-school sports teams are not an eligible extra-curricular program.

For more information, call or visit Jeanned’Arc R. Giroux, Administrative Assistant, LPS Nutrition Program at 207-795-4106

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