85,794 Maine children—
47.58% of all public school students—
are eligible for Free or Reduced Priced School Meals.
WHY IT MATTERS
Even moderate levels of food insecurity can cause serious harm to both children and adults. Maternal undernutrition increases the risk of certain birth defects and contributes to low infant birthweight. Food insecurity among very young children can cause stunted growth, iron deficiency anemia, and delayed cognitive development. For preschoolers and school-aged children, food insecurity’s many adverse outcomes include stunted physical growth, weakened resistance to infection, and substandard academic performance.
How you can end child hunger:
1. Ask your daycare provider if they are aware of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
2. Make sure students in your community are enrolled in the USDA Child Nutrition programs at school so if and when they need a great meal they can find one to get them through the day.