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Blueberry Harvest School earns award for Summer Food Service Program

Mano en Mano and the Maine Migrant Education Program are thrilled to announce that we have received a Silver Award from the USDA as part of the annual "Turnip the Beat!" honors. The Blueberry Harvest School (BHS) is the only program in Maine to receive this recognition in 2017. Through a partnership with the Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative, we were able to source 29% of the food served at BHS from within Maine. Together, we served 1,958 healthy meals to migrant students during the blueberry harvest. Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this possible!

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The Turnip the Beet Award recognizes outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high quality meals to children that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months.

Summer meals are critical in the lives of millions of our nation’s youth, whose risk for food insecurity increases during the summer months when they no longer have access to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Summer meal programs, including the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option within the NSLP, present the opportunity to help alleviate summertime food insecurity and positively impact children’s growth and development by offering nutritious meals and encouraging children to develop healthy habits at a young age. High quality summer meals provide daily energy, and help make sure children are healthy and ready to learn when they return to school in the fall. The Turnip the Beet Award program was created to showcase sponsors who are going above and beyond to ensure that children in their care are receiving high-quality meals that are both nutritious and appetizing.

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