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Good Shepherd Food Bank talks summer programs with USDA

AUBURN (WGME) -- One in every four Maine children are food insecure, and getting food to kids in the summer is a big concern. Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture came to the Good Shepherd Food Bank to learn more about the efforts to expand summer food programs this year. Kevin Concannon is from Maine and works for the USDA.

He shared his thoughts about local kids raising more than 400,000 pounds of food for the food bank as a part of the School Spirit Challenge.

You not only educate the student for not only now, but for when he or she grows up and they go on and work in education. They are much more informed because thats one of the challenges we have, people who dont know anything about the circumstances of others can make harsh judgments of others at times, or they can be indifferent about it because they dont know about it. That kind of experience is wonderful, said Concannon.

After touring the food bank, the USDA officials will be at Tripp Middle School in Turner to present a Gold Healthier U.S. award to the school.