Youth and Family Initiatives

More than 50,000 children in Maine are living with food insecurity.

Meaning they don’t always know where their next meal will come from, or if it will be enough. That means one out of every five Maine kids struggles with hunger – the highest child hunger rate in all of New England.


The research is clear.

Children living in food insecure homes are less able to learn than their well-fed peers, are absent from school more frequently, have more behavioral problems in the classroom, and are more prone to health issues.

Our Youth and Family Programs focus on meeting the nutritional needs of children during the times they are most likely to experience hunger: after school, weekends, and summer vacation.