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Advocate With Us To Fight Hunger in Maine!

March 29, 2019

March is National Nutrition Month and Preble Street celebrated by advocating for people to have access to the food they need to stay healthy and thrive.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Preble Street strongly opposes the Trump Administration’s proposed SNAP rule that would take food away from an estimated 755,00 people. 

We are in the final days to fight back against this harmful proposed policy submit your comment before April 2! Don’t miss this opportunity to make our collective voices heard: receiving food assistance shouldn’t be limited just because steady jobs aren’t available.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

On Monday, March 25 Preble Street joined other anti-hunger advocates at the State House to support bills that will fight childhood hunger by ensuring more Maine children have access to nutritious school meals.

LD 359 An Act To Address Student Hunger with a “Breakfast after the Bell” Program
Only 42% of children eligible for free and reduced-price meals participate in breakfast — from 2017-18 approximately 45,477 children missed out on breakfast daily! This bill would require schools with 50% or more of their students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch to implement a Breakfast after the Bell model, a proven best practice for increasing participation in school breakfast associated with higher test scores and better attendance. Read more about LD 359 and Breakfast After the Bell.

LD 549 An Act To Promote Academic Achievement through Hunger Relief for Maine Children
This bill would require schools to offer free lunch to all students who qualify for the reduced-price lunch program, providing free lunch to another 11,000 Maine students!

LD 701 An Act To Modernize the School Lunch Program
This bill would increase participation in free and reduced lunch by making an online application for these programs accessible to families with children in school.

You can help end childhood hunger in Maine! Call or email your Senator and Representative and tell them you support ending childhood hunger by serving Breakfast After the Bell through LD 359, and providing free lunch to all students eligible for the reduced-price lunch program through LD 549.