$2.63. That’s what it costs for a student in Maine to buy a school lunch. Yet everyday nutrition workers across our communities see students go without. They want you to know it’s time for that to change.
Introducing the SBSI Community Debit Card Program. Every time you use your SBSI Community Debit Card for a non-ATM transaction, we will donate to one of our local school and nutrition programs. It’s free. It’s easy. And it could make a difference in a student’s life.
Information from Maine Department of Education:
Two dollars and 63 cents. That's what it costs for a student in Maine to buy a school lunch. Yet every day we see students go without. It's time for that to change.
Introducing the Saco & Biddeford Savings Community Debit Card Program. Every time you swipe, Saco & Biddeford Savings will donate to our local schools nutrition programs. It's free, it's easy, so switch today. It could make a difference in a student's life. Saco & Biddeford Savings. In it for the kids. In it together.
Learn more about each participating school program by clicking on the cards in the gallery below:
Why school food and nutrition programs?
Statewide, over 46% of students attending Maine schools are eligible for free or reduced lunch. According to the National Education Association, child nutrition is a critical factor in development and achievement. Eating breakfast at school helps children perform better, have better attendance, and exhibit fewer behavior problems.
|School System||2017-18 Transaction Donation||Additional Donations||Total|
|Biddeford Public Schools||$760.76||$1,000*||$1,760.76|
|Old Orchard Beach (RSU 23)||$1,809.00||$1,000*||$2,809.00|
|Saco Public Schools & Thornton Academy||$1,882.28||$1,000*||$2,882.28|
|Scarborough Public Schools||$334.56||$1,000*||$1,334.56|
|South Portland Public Schools**||$1.68||$250***||$251.68|
|Westbrook Public Schools||$386.20||$1,000*||$1,386.20|
|Total Donations 2017-18||$5,174.48||$5,250||$10,424.48|
*One time addition from FIS/Unisys FIRST Award prize.
**South Portland Schools did not participate in the first year of the program.
***One time good will donation for joining the program.
|School Enrollment||Free Lunch||Reduced Lunch|
|175967||70176 (39.88%)||11315 (6.43%)|
Information from Maine Department of Education:
What is an interchange fee?
An interchange fee is a fee paid to the issuing bank of a debit or credit card program by the merchants that process debit or credit transactions. The fee is intended to cover handling costs, fraud losses, or other risks associated with approving debit/credit transactions.
What types of transactions count?
Any non-ATM transaction counts toward the program. This includes: Card-present transactions (swiped or dipped in stores), online, mail, and phone purchases. It does not include a withdrawal, balance inquiry, or transfer made at an ATM.
If I have an existing SBSI debit card, will my card number change?
Yes, your card number will need to change. This is to ensure that your eligible transactions are being given to the school program of your choice (participating programs only).
How does the SBSI Community Debit Card Program work?
You can use the SBSI Community Debit Card just like a traditional debit card for purchases and ATM access.
For every non-ATM transaction you make with your SBSI Community Debit Card, we will donate a percentage of the interchange fee to your local school’s food and nutrition program.
These cards are available at no cost to you. Just visit any of our locations and a new card can be printed for you instantly! Want to support the Biddeford program? Get the Tiger Pride Debit Card! Live in Westbrook? Support the Blue Blazes!
For details on all communities involved in the program, please see the "Where is my money going?" question below, or click on a card in the gallery above to learn more.
Where is my money going?
Each SBSI Community Debit Card benefits one of the five participating communities' food programs and/or nutrition programs for students who need assistance. A portion of the bank’s interchange earned for qualifying transactions will be donated to the appropriate school program each year. Please see the key below to learn about each individual card:
How do I get my card? Does it cost me anything?
You can get the SBSI Community Debit Card of your choice by visiting any of our branch locations. We will print your new card instantly… at no cost to you!
Can I have more than one card on my account to help multiple schools?
For security reasons to our customers as well as liability to the bank, SBSI does not typically issue more than one card to the same customer on an individual account. However, if you have multiple checking accounts with SBSI, you can have a different school issued for each account. Also, each account owner can select their own card design. (The bank is not responsible for any rivalry arguments that may ensue as a result!)
I have a community card. Why doesn’t my school’s logo show on the card in my Mobile Wallet and/or mySBSIcard app?
At this time, the individual school logos are not able to be added to the mobile wallet or mySBSIcard apps. The card will instead appear with our standard green logo design. However, your community card will still work with each of the apps, and any qualifying purchases made through those apps will still count towards your school program!