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Youngsters Invited to Summer Success Picnic July 13

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Youngsters Invited to Summer Success Picnic July 13
Posted on 07/06/2016
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The Portland Public Schools, in association with the United Way’s Starting Strong Program and the Maine Hunger Initiative, will be hosting a picnic at Deering Oaks Park on Wednesday, July 13, to celebrate the free summer meal program for children that is happening across the city of Portland this summer. Youngsters age 18 and younger and their parents are invited to the Summer Success Picnic in the Park, which will feature a free lunch and fun activities that promote learning. The rain date for the event is Thursday, July 14.

Only one in five low-income children in Maine who need meals are receiving them, according to a national report called “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation,” released by the Food Research and Action Center. In July 2015, 58,599 low-income children received summer meals in Maine, a significant increase of 15 percent from the previous summer. The picnic celebration will not only celebrate the lunch sites in the city, but also spread awareness of the hunger gap across the state of Maine.

The picnic will kick off at 11:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m. All children attending will receive a free lunch, a book courtesy of the Altrusa Club of Portland, ME, and a bag courtesy of the United Way of Greater Portland. Special guests will include Crusher from the Maine Red Claws, Slugger from the Portland Sea Dogs, the Portland Library Book Mobile, 4-H, the Portland police and fire departments, and special musical guest Tyson Weems of 3D Health Alliance, who will be performing hit songs such as “Veggie Time” and “Our Gym.”

Large groups attending should RSVP by calling 207-874-8231. More information regarding summer meal sites and times is available at 211maine.org, or by calling 2-1-1.

The Portland Public Schools and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are equal opportunity providers and employers. Anyone who wishes to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).