Community Health and Hunger Portal

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The Hunger Vital Signs

The Hunger Vital Signs are nationally validated screening questions used to identify patients at risk of food insecurity. Developed by Children’s HealthWatch in 2010, these two questions are the most widely used food insecurity screening questions in clinical settings. Copies of the Hunger Vital Signs are available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Somali. Additional translations can be found here:

For each statement, please tell me whether the statement was “often true, sometimes true, or never true” for your household:


  1. “Within the past 12 months we worried whether our food would run out before we got money to buy more.”

□ Often true            □ Sometimes true              □ Never true            □ Don’t know, or refused


  1. “Within the past 12 months the food we bought just didn’t last and we didn’t have money to get more.”

□ Often true            □ Sometimes true              □ Never true            □ Don’t know, or refused

Hunger Vital Signs Toolkits
Additional Community Resources

Community Action Programs

CAP Agencies may be able to assist with the following:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Child Care and Youth Development
  • Employment Training
  • Energy/Winterization Assistance
  • Health Services
  • Housing Assistance
  • Nutrition Education, Meals, WIC
  • Senior Services
  • Transportation

Nutrition Education

Cooking Matters

Maine SNAP-Ed 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Area Agencies on Aging

Maine AAA’s provide services such as community meals, Meals on Wheels and the Senior Grocery Box Program.

Maine Harvest Bucks Program

Double your SNAP Dollars at local farmers markets participating in the Maine Harvest Bucks Program

School-Based Nutrition Programs

For more information about school-based breakfast and lunch programs, please contact your school administration.

Transportation Services

Visit GO Maine for information about local bus services across Maine. Please note that most of these services charge a small fee to riders.

Additional public transportation information can be found here:

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