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July 18, 2016

Responding to the Hunger Crisis for Maine Kids

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.

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July 18, 2016

Hunger crisis in Maine prompts national attention

WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Many kids in Maine, off for the summer, can't wait to get back to school, because, for some, it's the only place they'll get a reliable meal.

One of the nation's leaders in fighting hunger shared his ideas in Westbrook Monday on keeping the community fed.

"To be schooled, you must be well fueled. To be well read, you must be well fed," said Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, while delivering a message in Westbrook he’s shared across the country. "Eighty percent of the kids who get school lunch on a daily basis don't get summer meals because you don't have that captive audience."

Berg has teamed up with the USDA — and in southern Maine with Preble Street and the Westbrook School system — to ensure nutrition programs retain funding.

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June 29, 2016

Taking affordable housing to new “Heights”

Formerly homeless veterans are getting a new lease on life thanks to an affordable housing project in Portland.

"Thomas Heights" is an 18-unit efficiency apartment building, with five of those units housing previously homeless vets.

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