The Problem

The Problem

This issue is that barriers exist that are preventing kids access to programs that provide meals all year long. The USDA Child Nutrition Programs are fully funded and ready to feed every hungry child in Maine. There is plenty of food in the state to feed every hunger person let along hungry children.

 

  • Maine has the 3rd highest rate of very low food security in the nation, and the highest in New England.
  • Since 2004, there has been a 50% increase in Mainers experiencing food insecurity. (No changes were made during this time to how the government food insecurity calculation.)
  • A quarter of a million Mainers use SNAP to meet their basic food needs. 46% of SNAP households in Maine have children.
  • 87,346 (46%) of all Maine students qualified for free or reduced priced school meals in the 2014 school year.
  • Only 21% of the eligible Maine students accessed community summer meals sites in the summer of 2014.
  • The federal government sets aside funding to feed every hungry child. Maine schools leave over $50 million unused each year that could be used to reduce student hunger.
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  • Kids who eat school breakfast miss less school, get better grades, are likely to graduate high school