Every day, in every county, Maine people go hungry.
Statistics tell the story: Nearly one of every four children doesn’t have enough food for adequate nutrition. Maine ranks 12th in the nation and first in New England for food insecurity. And more than 208,000 people, or 16.2 of the state’s households, need more food.
In Aroostook County, the demand is even more acute. While The County is known for its agricultural bounty, it also has one of Maine’s highest poverty rates.
MaineCF donors and others have stepped up to make sure Aroostook residents have access to good food. A grant from the foundation’s Aroostook County Fund funded the Catholic Charities’ Glean Team, which culled nearly 4,000 pounds of leftover crops from fields after the harvest. Last year the nonprofit’s pantry network served 23,068 people from a total county population of just over 69,000.
Northern Girl, a Van Buren-based food processor of root crops, is doing its part to make sure residents have vegetables too. The company used its new freezing technology, funded through the Fair Food Fund and MaineCF impact investing donors, to package a truckload of broccoli donated to the Catholic Charities Food Bank.
Gabe Souza, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, tells the story in MaineCF’s new video.