Family Corner 2/22/17

Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
Engineer: John Greenman

Issue: Food Insecurity in Maine: Focus on Washington, Hancock Counties

Program Topic: Helping Our Neighbors: Combating Hunger
Key Discussion Points:
a) Food insecurity, or HUNGER, has increased substantially in Maine subsequent to the LePage Administration restrictions to eligibility for SNAP benefits
b) Maine is now 9th in the country; 1st in New England in terms of food insecurity
c)Affects all Mainers – children, youth, families, adults and seniors
d)There are many opportunities in Washington/Hancock County to both volunteer or receive help and assistance
e) Organizations throughout Maine are partnering together to maximize resources (people, time, money) to address food insecurity

Joe Perkins, Director of Development & Community Services
Emily Herwerden, AmericaCorps VISTA with Healthy Acadia
Marjorie Peronto, Extenstion Educator with University of Maine Cooperative Extension