“Maine made history last year by providing free breakfast and lunch to ALL students, regardless of family income,” Full Plates Full Potential said in a press release. .

However, in order for Maine schools to continue to receive significant state and federal funding to support education, nutrition, and enrichment programs, families must still complete a school lunch benefit form to determine the needs in their school district. Additionally, by completing the School Meal Allowance form, some families may be eligible for additional grocery allowances under the Pandemic EBT program. Families can learn more about pandemic EBT at feedkids.me.

“Even though breakfast and lunch at school are now free for all students in Maine, it is still very important for all families to complete their School Meal Benefit form to help their school access funding. important state and federal,” said Jane McLucas, director of Child Nutrition with the Maine Department of Education.

Data submitted through the School Meals Benefit Form helps determine the amount of state and federal funding a district receives each year, as well as whether or not a school can provide free meals to students after school and during school hours. ‘summer. Additionally, any family with school-aged children and a household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level may also be eligible to receive grocery benefits under the Pandemic EBT program.

Most families can complete the form at https://www.nlappscloud.com/ and should contact their school district with any questions.

“Maine is leading the nation in providing free school lunches to all students, but sadly, this is causing confusion about whether or not families still need to complete household income paperwork for their school.” , says Anna Korsen, Director of Advocacy and Implementation at Full Plates. Full potential. “That’s why we’ve teamed up with partners across the state to let families know that filling out a school lunch benefit form is more important than ever.”

Full Plates Full Potential and its partners have created a toolkit of free awareness materials in English, Somali, Arabic, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Khmer, Acholi, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi and Portuguese available at https://www.fullplates.org/toolkit/ for anyone interested in helping spread the word to families. The toolkit includes posters, newsletter templates, and social media graphics. There is also PSA video on Youtube that can be shared with communities, and Full Plates Full Potential’s social media channels are another great resource for sharing content related to this effort.

“We ask for everyone’s help in this effort, please spread the word in your communities! said Korsen.

Collaborative state partners include Maine Department of Education, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Maine SNAP-Ed, Let’s Go! 5210 and Maine School Nutrition Association. This project was funded by No Kid Hungry.

About Full Plates Full Potential – Full Plates Full Potential is a Maine-based organization that works across the state to end child hunger by partnering with schools and communities to create lasting systems change through investment and development. advocacy. We are driven by an unwavering belief in our vision of a healthy and prosperous Maine with plentiful food for all. For more information, visit fullplates.org.

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