USDA Programs Monitored by Maine Department of Education
The Maine Department of Education oversees several USDA Food and Nutrition Services programs and initiatives that provide healthy food to children. Each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity. Below are brief descriptions of the programs and initiatives. Maine receives over $45 million from USDA for these programs.
- Afterschool Snack Program (ASSP).
Provide after school snacks to children participating in structured educational programs. Schools with more than 50% free and reduced students provide the snacks free to any participating student.
- Breakfast Program (SBP).
Federally funded program that receives additional financial support in Maine to increase participation and acknowledge the importance of breakfast in improving learning.
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).
The program provides a grant to elementary schools that are 50% or greater free and reduced. The funds are used to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to children outside of the school meals, often served as a snack. This program has helped students try new foods and increases their consumption of fruits and vegetables during the day.
- Lunch Program (NSLP).
The National School Lunch Program provides low-cost or free healthy meals to children. Schools must follow federally established guidelines.
- Summer Food Service (SFSP).
Provides meal reimbursement to eligible summer programs. Communities throughout Maine have opened the door to the SFSP and helped close the door on summer hunger. Sponsors include schools, community recreation programs, nonprofit organizations and camps.
- USDA Food Program (FD).
Provides food to schools to help reduce plate cost. The program offers frozen vegetables, grains, meat, canned fruits, and fresh vegetables and fruit.
- USDA Food Program Processing Information
School Districts have the option of taking USDA Food’s raw products and processing them through the net-off invoice program or a fee for service.