THE LOCKER PROJECT
The Locker Project connects food-insecure children in Maine with nourishing food to improve their learning capacity, health, and future.
In Maine, One in four children regularly experiences food insecurity. That’s 60,000 Maine schoolchildren and substantially worse than the national average of one in six. Maine has the highest child hunger rate in New England. Child hunger exists in even the wealthiest Maine communities. There is enough food to share with every child in need of good nutrition. Schools are the most direct way for children to access nutritional food that might not be available at home.
Learning capacity, school absenteeism, behavioral problems, and serious health issues among students can be addressed in large part simply by helping kids access nutritional food they might not have regular access to. With the USDA providing impoverished children with school breakfast and lunch programs, the times children go hungry the most are in the evenings, weekends. and long school breaks. Statistically, children are the most desperate for food during summer break.
By partnering with the Good Shepherd Food Bank, the Locker Project is able to provide nutritional food for Maine children who are food-insecure, both during the day and for take-home, at the cost of $150 per child per year.
SCHOOLS WE CURRENTLY STOCK:
Bayside Learning Community, Portland
Brown Elementary School, South Portland
Center for Grieving Children, Portland
Deering High School, Portland
East End Community School, Portland
Easterseals Maine Child Development Center
Hall Elementary School, Portland
Kaler Elementary School, South Portland
King Middle School, Portland
Lincoln Middle School, Portland
Lyman-Moore Middle School, Portland
Margaret Murphy Center for Children, Saco
Memorial Middle School, South Portland
Ocean Avenue School, Portland
Presumpscot Elementary School, Portland
The REAL School, Windham-Raymond
Reiche Elementary School, Portland
Riverton Elementary School, Portland, in partnership with Allagash Brewing Company
Skillin Elementary School, South Portland
South Portland High School
Westbrook High School
More info at mainelockerproject.org