Family Corner 4/22/15

Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
Engineer: John Greenman

Issue: Food Security for All Ages! Examining summer options for families and young children

Program Topic: Food insecurity, healthy growing, cooking and eating

Key Discussion Points:
a) Maine is among the highest states in its rate of food insecurity, 43% higher than in other New England states.
b) Maine is 3rd in the county in terms of low food insecurity – still contributes to hunger, poor nutrition and obesity
c) 1st in New England for true food insecurity – People are hungry on a daily basis.
d) Opportunities for “gleaning” in the region
e) Opportunities for summer childrens’ food programs in the region
f) Farmers’ Markets and use of EBT cards for low-income residents
g) CSA availability for seniors

Christina Fortin with Healthy Acadia, an Anti-Hunger & Opportunity Corps/Maine Hunger Initiative VISTA working to reduce hunger and improve food security throughout Hancock County
Hannah Semler, with Healthy Acadia who launched The Gleaning Initiative
Shannon Grimes works in farm viability for Maine Farmland Trust