Backpack Food Distribution Program, Cumberland County, Maine

Jurisdiction Name: Cumberland County
State/Province: ME
Country: United States
Type of Government: County
Population: 288,204
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type: program
Year: 2015
GFC Topic: community food connections, community food security
Keywords: Food assistance programs, children, distribution, food access, healthy food, hunger, low-income, nutrition, youth
Adopting Government Department(s):

Cumberland County

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Town of Harpswell, Town of Bridgton
Support Entity(s):

Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine

Funding Amount: $11,000 total: $5,000 to Town of Bridgton, $6,000 to Town of Harpswell
Funding Sources: Cumberland County Community Development Block Grant Program
Policy Outcome(s):

Allocates grant funds to provide low-to-moderate income children in local schools with bags of healthy, easy-to-prepare foods made up of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and proteins when school meals are unavailable (ie. Weekend days and extended school breaks); program was re-approved for funding from the same source in the 2016-2020 Action Plan for Cumberland County Community Development Department.

Additional Resources and Information: Link 1Link 2