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MAINE SCHOOL NUTRITION

Our goal is to provide healthy meals and promote nutrition education to Maine’s school children. Dedicated to our mission of making sure that no Maine child goes hungry, we dream of providing universal feeding for all school-offered meals. We are the primary source of child nutrition information statewide and want to see every school represented and supported by a high level of leadership. Consider becoming a member of Maine School Nutrition Association and teaming up with us to ensure the health and wellness of Maine’s youth.

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BELIEFS

CHEFS MOVE TO SCHOOLS

– In leading efforts which promote quality child nutrition programs for all children
– All children have a right to equal access to child nutrition programs
– Quality nutrition programs are an integral part of the education process
– In being responsive to the needs of our members
– In respecting the commitments and effort of all school food service professionals
– That all persons involved in school food service should have the opportunity for growth and development
– In leadership that fosters a sense of ownership of child nutrition programs
– In the benefits derived from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
– In financial responsibility within child nutrition programs

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USDA extends free meals through next school year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will continue reimbursing schools and childcare centers for free meals to all students regardless of their income through the 2021-22 school year, USDA officials announced Tuesday.

Meal service waivers such as the “Seamless Summer Option,” which made it possible for California districts to distribute millions of grab-and-go meals to students since campuses closed due to Covid-19, will be extended through June 2022, according to a USDA news release. Advocates say the extension comes at a pivotal time for food-insecure families.

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