Let’s Go! School Nutrition

broccoliWhy School Nutrition?
School nutrition programs serve balanced, low cost or free lunch to more than 32 million children each day. School lunches follow strict nutrition guidelines. They contain a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low fat dairy. They meet minimum and maximum age appropriate calories ranges, limit saturated fat, and limit sodium. Nutrition programs are important allies in our mission of increasing healthy eating in children and youth.

What We Do
Let’s Go! brings together school nutrition directors in various regions of the state to form high functioning, collaborative workgroups. These workgroups come together to form a unified school nutrition effort to provide healthy school meals. Our workgroups implement best practice and evidence based strategies, including:

  • Increasing the nutritional quality of school meals
  • Educating the public about the benefits of school lunch
  • Advocating for school nutrition programs at the local, state, and national levels
  • Implementing the voluntary nutrition standards set by the USDA’s Healthier US School Challenge
  • Utilizing techniques, such as Smarter Lunchrooms, to guide healthier student choices in the cafeteria

Participating Schools
Currently there are six School Nutrition Workgroups covering forty six districts and departments containing 247 participating schools serving over 93,000 kids partnering with Let’s Go!

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Greater Portland Workgroup

AOS 98 – Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Edgecomb, and Southport

Falmouth School Department

Portland School Department

RSU 05 – Freeport, Pownal, and Durham

RSU 14 – Windham and Raymond

RSU 23 – Dayton, Old Orchard Beach, and Saco

RSU 61 / MSAD 61 – Bridgton, Casco, Naples, and Sebago

Scarborough School Department

South Portland School Department

Westbrook School Department

Yarmouth Schools

Southern Maine Workgroup

Biddeford School Department

Kittery School Department

RSU 06 / MSAD 06 – Buxton, Frye Island, Hollis, Limington, Standish

RSU 21 – Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel

RSU 55 / MSAD 55 – Baldwin, Cornish, Hiram, Parsonfield, and Porter

RSU 57 / MSAD 57 – Alfred, Limerick, Lyman, Newfield, Shapleigh, and Waterboro

RSU 60 / MSAD 60 – Berwich, Lebanon, and North Berwick

RSU 72 / MSAD 72 – Brownfield, Denmark, Fryeburg, Lovell, Stoneham, Stow, and Sweden

Sanford School Department

Wells-Ogunquit CSD

York School Department

Somerset County Workgroup

RSU 54 / MSAD 54 – Canaan, Cornville, Mercer, Norridgewock, Skowhegan, and Smithfield

RSU 59 / MSAD 59 – Brighton Plt and Madison

RSU 74 / MSAD 74 – Anson, Embden, New Portland, and Solon

RSU 82 / MSAD 12 – Jackman and Moose River

RSU 83 / MSAD 13 – Bingham and Moscow

Androscoggin Oxford Workgroup

Auburn Public Schools

Lewiston Public Schools

MSAD 15 - Gray and New Glouscester

RSU 10 - Mexico, Dixfield, and Buckfield

RSU 16 - Mechanic Falls, Minot, and Poland

RSU 44 - Bethel

RSU 52 - Turner, Greene, and Leeds

SAD 17 - Oxford Hills School District

Lincoln Knox Workgroup

AOS 93 - Damariscotta, Nobleboro, Jefferson, Bristol, and South Bristol

AOS 98 - Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Edgecomb, Georgetown, and Southport

MSAD 28 - Camden, Rockport and 5 Towns CSD

MSAD 40 - Union, Washington, Warren, Friendship, and Waldoboro

RSU 12 - Alna, Chelsea, Palermo, Somerville, Westport Island, Whitefield, and Windsor

RSU 13 - Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, Saint George, South Thomaston and Thomaston

Union 69 - Appleton, Hope, and Lincolnville

Wiscasset School Department

Franklin County Workgroup

RSD 9 - Chesterville, Farmington, Industry, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Starks, Temple, Vienna, Weld and Wilton

RSU 73 -  Jay, Livermore, and Livermore Falls

MSAD 58 - Avon, Kingfield, Phillips, and Strong

RSU 78 - Dallas Plt, Magalloway Plt, Rangeley, Rangeley Plt, Sandy River Plt and Stratton School/Flagstaff Regional School 


More Information

See our school nutrition resources.

For more information about the Let's Go! School Nutrition Initiative, call Amy Bouchard at 207.661.3334, or contact her by email.