(For ease of isolating candidate responses by topics, the larger full forum post is being offered as single stand alone posts. ~KVO)
(KVO President Helen Roy discussing Rep. Kent Ackley of Monmouth’s points regarding hunger being a “ticking time bomb” for Kennebec County youth.)
Round 4: Food Insecurity
- In Maine, 183,310 people are struggling with hunger–and of them 50,520 are children.
- 1 in 7 people struggles with hunger. 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger.
- People facing hunger in Maine are estimated to report needing $108,086,000 more per year to meet their food needs.
- In Kennebec County, the food insecurity rate is 14%–estimated number per individual is 16,970 out of 120,953 individuals. In Somerset County, the food insecurity rate is 15.6%–estimated number per individual is 8,030 out of 51,363 individuals.
- In 2016, Maine dropped from 9th worse food insecure state to 7th in the national ranking, done by the USDA.
- Food insecurity in Maine is 25% worse than the national average and is worse now than it was during the height of the Great Recession.
- Food insecurity affects people across age and socioeconomic ranges.
- Sources: Feeding America and Good Shepherd Food Bank
Question for the Candidates: How do we solve food insecurity in Maine? What avenues could be explored through the legislative process for strengthening food access in Kennebec Valley?