Maine

AUGUSTA, MAINE

Maine House overturns summer lunch veto

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A bill that seeks to expand a lunch program for lower-income students in the summer will go into law in Maine. The Democratic-controlled House voted, 92 to 46, in favor of overriding Republican Governor Paul LePage’s veto on Thursday. The legislation requires schools with a majority of students that qualify for free or reduced-price lunches to operate a federally-administered Summer Food Services Program if they hold activities such as 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 encouraging more schools to start a program will ensure that fewer Maine children go hungry. (AP)