AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that seeks to expand a lunch program for low-income students in the summer will go into law in Maine.
The Democratic-controlled House voted 92-46 in favor of overriding Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto on Thursday. The legislation requires schools with a majority of the students that qualify for free or reduced-price lunches to operate a federally-administered Summer Food Services Program if they hold activities like summer school. Schools are reimbursed for 100 percent of the costs of food through the program.
Opponents say the decision to create a summer lunch program should be left up to local school districts.
But supporters say the program is extremely underutilized in Maine and that encouraging more schools to start a program will ensure that less Maine children go hungry.