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CURRENT ACTION: Support LD 174 to End Hunger in Maine!

In commemoration of Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative’s 14th anniversary and its long history of collaborating with partners to end hunger in Maine, please lend your voice and support to ensure the passage of significant anti-hunger legislation! 

LD 174: An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Ending Hunger by 2030 Advisory Group will help ensure all Mainers have consistent access to a variety of culturally appropriate food by increasing access and participation in federal nutrition programs. If passed, the bill would also work to address the root causes of hunger and food insecurity by fostering economic stability, providing safe and healthy places to live, addressing emotional and social wellbeing, eliminating health disparities, and preparing people for academic and employment success.    

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated hunger and food insecurity in Maine. People are struggling to purchase a variety of food for themselves and their families. Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color in Maine face even higher rates of hunger and food insecurity. This legislation is needed to address these disproportionate impacts and further racial equity in our state.  

The hearing for this legislation is on Tuesday, January 18 at 11 AM! Please submit spoken or written testimony in support of this critical legislation.

How to testify on Zoom: 

  1. Click this link and select “Public hearing” 
  2. Choose a committee –> “Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry” 
  3. Choose date –> “January 18, 2022, 11:00 AM” 
  4. Choose bill –> “LD 174 – An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Ending Hunger by 2030 Advisory Group” 
  5. Choose “I’d like to present my testimony live” and select “I am for the proposed legislation” 
  6. Upload your testimony, fill out the contact information, and click “Submit/Register”! 
  7. You will then receive a confirmation email that the testimony has been received as well as a Zoom link for Tuesday’s hearing 

How to submit written testimony: 

  • Follow steps 1-4 above 
  • Upload your testimony, fill out the contact information, and click “Submit/Register”! 
  • You will then receive a confirmation email that the testimony has been received  

For questions or concerns, please contact Izzy Ostrowski at iostrowski@preblestreet.org or 207-899-8307.