At a press conference featuring Joel Berg, executive director of Hunger Free America, Rep. Drew Gattine, highlighted the critical situation these organizations are working to remedy:
No matter where you are on the political spectrum, you can’t deny that our children are Maine’s future. They need to succeed in school. They need to show up at their day cares and their pre-K programs and in our schools ready to learn and ready to succeed. But they can’t if they don’t have full stomachs.
When it comes to the fight against poverty, Maine kids are falling behind. Over the past six years the number of Maine kids living in extreme poverty has grown by 50%. The highest growth rate in nation, which is absolutely shameful. 20% of children in Maine live in poverty and until we focus on that problem and bend that curve Maine will never be successful. If our kids don’t succeed, Maine won’t succeed.Read More