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August 15, 2016

Hunger hurts us all: A Maine perspective on the next farm bill

Just like clean water, public safety and education, making sure that everyone has enough to eat is an obligation of a just society, not something that’s done only when individuals feel generous.

At the Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative, we advocate for policy change that would eliminate hunger. In the 1970s the United States succeeded at virtually eliminating hunger and it’s possible again now, if we have the political will. Livable wage jobs and increased access to USDA nutrition programs like SNAP and childhood nutrition programs in school to fill the gaps make ending hunger easy and possible.

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August 11, 2016

Preble Street Announces New Board Members

Preble Street is excited to announce that a new board president and three new members of the board of directors were elected earlier this summer.

Incoming President Herb Janick, of Cape Elizabeth, has served on the Preble Street board of directors since 2007. He is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Portland.

New Board member Stephen Pryor, of Yarmouth, is the complex director at RBC Wealth Management in Portland. He previously served in the same position at Merrill Lynch in Kansas City, MO and New York, NY.

John Roberts, of Falmouth, is the retired president and CEO of Assurant Employee Benefits. He began his career working for Unum Life Insurance Company of America, where he served for 25 years. John has previously served on the boards of the American Council of Life Insurers, the Council for Disability Awareness, the Portland Museum of Art, and the United Way of Greater Portland.

Jennifer Wilson, of Yarmouth, is the corporate merchant for women’s apparel at L.L. Bean and the controller for the Forest Avenue Veterinary Hospital in Portland. She is also the vice chairwoman of the L.L. Bean board and has held various other leadership positions in the company.

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August 09, 2016

Pingree, Concannon visit 1 of nearly 400 summer meals sites in Maine

Rep. Chellie Pingree joined a member of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture at one of Maine's summer meals sites on Tuesday.

The USDA funds nearly 400 sites throughout the state where Monday through Friday, kids can get a free meal.

"The USDA, we support these meals, but it takes partnerships with the Housing Authority, with the Alliance, with Preble Street," said Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services with the USDA.

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August 05, 2016

Student Fellow Focuses on the Social Side of Health

“Poverty is not having a buffer,” said Rowan Staley, a Bowdoin Fellow interning for the summer with Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative.

“People might be leading successful lives but then something goes wrong, like they develop diabetes or have an accident, and there’s no room to deal with these things.”

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September 01, 2016

Preble Street Art Show

From the creative minds of Logan Place and Florence House tenants comes an art show featuring new works by artists who have found a home and, in the process, realized their passion. The show features drawings, paintings, poetry, sculptures, and mixed media pieces by artists living at Logan Place and Florence House, Portland's two housing first programs, created in partnership between Preble Street and Avesta Housing. Both sites provide permanent, safe, supportive housing for people who have been chronically homeless.

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