Dear Sun Spots: The Lewiston School Nutrition Program will offer a free summer food service program for children starting June 21 and ending Aug. 11.

Sites will be at Kennedy Park, the Multi-Purpose Center Summer Play Days, Potvin Park, River Valley (Tall Pines), Hillview Apartments and Camp Smiles.

All meals must be eaten on site and are free to those school-age children attending, 5 years old to 18. It is not necessary to sign up for this program. Participants are encouraged to show up for breakfast and lunch. On rainy days, children will be served at the Multi-Purpose Center. No meals will be served July 3 and July 4. – Michael Sanborn, director, Lewiston Public Schools Dining Services, Lewiston.

Answer: Sun Spots also checked in with Paula Rouillard, the food service director with the Auburn School Department, who said Auburn will also hold a summer food service program this year. Those interested should sign up by phoning her at 753-0122 by June 22. The program is for 5- to 18-year-olds and no meals will be served July 3 and 4. Meal sites are Washburn School, Walton School, Sherwood Heights and Pettengill Park, and meals must be eaten on site.

Dear Sun Spots: VFW Post 9459 and Ladies Auxiliary have been sending items to our comrades in harm’s way. We will continue to do this until we have no more names on our list. We are asking for assistance in items needed. A recent e-mail from those serving noted they need: tube socks, baby wipes, food items such as snacks in small, noncrushable packages, hard candies for the children, Slim Jims, Beef Jerky, fruit in the cans with the pull off tabs, mixed nuts, tuna snacks packs, Vienna sausage, cheese and peanut butter crackers, Pringles potato chips (non crushable packages), other items such as hand and body sanitizers, Kleenex small packs to be put in uniform pockets, chap sticks or lip balm, Rice Crispy treats, Oreos and other cookies which will be carefully packed so they don’t get squished. The post is open Wednesday through Friday after 4 p.m., 52 Lisbon St. Lewiston, on Route 196 for drop-off. Or, phone Rose at 353-4879 or at 784-8825 for more details. – Rose, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: I need help!

My baby is due July 3, and I have nothing! I can’t pay and need only free stuff or donations. Please page me at 821-8769. – Pauline Clark, Gardiner.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots would recommend you try contacting the state’s Women Infant Children program to see if you meet their criteria for assistance. WIC provides: Healthy foods like milk, cheese, eggs, fruit juice, iron-fortified cereal, peanut butter or dried beans. Breastfeeding women also get tuna fish and carrots. Parents of infants get breastfeeding support or iron-fortified infant formula. In the summer, vouchers are given for fresh fruits and vegetables from Maine farmers. They can also assist with good nutrition tips, recipes, breastfeeding support, referrals for day care, and more. You can check them out online or call Health Reach Network, WIC Nutrition Program, 263 Water St., Augusta, ME 04330, 621-6202, toll free 1(888) 942-6333.

You might also contact St. Martins de Porres, 23 Bartlett St., in Lewiston, which accepts clean, gently used, good quality clothing. Distribution is Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., and the clothing is free.

Also contact the Court Street Baptist Church, 129 Court St., Auburn, 784-6661. They take donations of good used clothes and give them away. They are open Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and have clothes for babies, children, teens, men and women. They have coats, jackets, skirts, slacks and more.

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