Food Insecurity in Maine
We have officially launched the 2016 Justice for Women Lecture Series at Maine Law with a very successful informational gathering on Tuesday, January 19th.
About 75 people braved the very cold weather to learn about the harsh reality of food insecurity in Maine. Many were astonished to learn that 25% of children in Maine and a total of more than 208,000 people in our state are food insecure.* In addition to children, single mothers and seniors bear most of the stress that comes with hunger and poverty.
Our speakers Senator Justin Alfond, Good Shepherd Food Bank (GSFB) President, Kristen Miale and Georgetown University Law Center 3L student Stephanie Littlehale shared their knowledge, ideas for change, challenges and experiences.
The effect was electric. The energy in the room was palpable and many of you asked, "What can I do? How can I help?"
Here are some immediate steps everyone can take to help reduce food insecurity in Maine:
- DONATE FOOD OR TIME: At GSFB or your local hunger relief organization. Here are guidelines for what food gifts are best suited to food distribution networks in your area.
- ADVOCATE: There is legislation in the works: LD 1472 To Enhance the Administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) by Creating Clear Guidelines for Organizations and Streamlining the Application Process. Sign up to be on the GSFB advocacy list; Call or write your local legislator to convey your concerns with food insecurity in Maine; Watch for additional legislation impacting food insecurity, hunger, healthcare, childcare and poverty.
- READ AND SHARE: This recent feature story in the Maine Sunday Telegram covers critical details about persistent hunger in Maine. Share it with your friends.
- UNDERSTAND THE IMPACTS: Food insecurity has a stunning effect on the community as a whole as covered by MPBN in this series on the link between childhood poverty and obesity.
- SUPPORT: Attend JFW at Maine Law on March 24th featuring Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda and bring a friend. Please consider a gift to help week this program free and accessible to all. Give now!
* Source: 2014 USDA Food Insecurity Report