Summer Meals program seeks volunteers in the Lakes Region

Saint Joseph’s College is seeking volunteers to assist in the distribution of food for the 2014 Summer Meals program, a coordinated effort between the College’s in-house food provider Pearson’s Café, the Maine Hunger Initiative, and Preble Street Resource Center. The Summer Meals program provides nutritious meals to children in the Lakes Region.

The program runs from June 23 through August 22 at sites in Windham, Sebago, Naples, Harrison, Otisfield, and Casco. Volunteers are needed to attend these sites during lunch distribution, which lasts for an hour and a half.

These volunteer opportunities are open to the entire community. Those with children are allowed to bring them to the volunteer site, to accommodate their schedules. High school students are also encouraged to volunteer, an opportunity that may earn them credits from their schools.

Saint Joseph’s College first partnered with Maine Hunger Initiative and Preble Street Resource Center on the Summer Meals inititive four years ago. Last summer, members from the College supplied nine sites with meals, resulting in approximately 6,000 meals being served to children in the Lakes Region.

“Saint Joseph’s has always been about reaching out to the community,” says Stuart Leckie, the general manager of Pearson's Café. “Part of the mission of the College is helping others, and this program is a perfect fit.”

Community members wishing to volunteer for the 2014 Summer Meals program are encouraged to email summerlunch@sjcme.edu or call 207-893-6693 for further information and to register.

June 5, 2014
Contact: David Svenson at 207-893-7723 · dsvenson@sjcme.edu