Fifteen percent of Maine households lack access to the nutritious food they need. During the cold winter months, Mainers struggle even more as the cost of heating their homes rises. Many people find themselves asking a very difficult question – heat or eat?
More than 80,000 Maine children receive free or reduced-price meals in school, but when they go home for the evening or weekend, many don’t get the nutrition they need. The Food Bank’s School Pantry and BackPack programs operate in schools across the state to provide nutritious foods for kids facing hunger.
The state of Maine is rich with natural resources, including the fertile land and full sea that together form the foundation of our productive and growing agricultural industry. Given the bounty that surrounds us each harvest season, Good Shepherd Food Bank decided to take advantage of our local resources and form the Mainers Feeding Mainers program in 2010.
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