Another Challenge for Low-Income Mainers

July 26, 2013 by

Some of Maine’s most vulnerable citizens will face even more challenges this fall when the expanded food benefits under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expire.  The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called the Food Supplement Program in Maine, provides food for needy Mainers throughout the state.  The upcoming reduction to this program will affect every single SNAP recipient.  That’s 251,418 Mainers.  According to work by the Center for Budget Read the rest

Unfinished Business for Maine’s People

July 15, 2013 by

With Maine’s 126th legislature adjourning for the summer, a great opportunity remains to improve financial independence for more than 40,000 working Mainers. LD 455, shelved until the legislature reconvenes in the fall, would expand Maine’s Earned Income Credit (EIC) and benefit the families who need it most –those with at least one member working, but who still struggle to get by.

Maine’s slow recovery in the wake of the … Read the rest

Summer Isn’t a Vacation from Hunger

July 3, 2013 by

With July 4th almost here and school out of session, the summer has undeniably begun.  However, the summer can be one of the most difficult times for struggling families in Maine and around the nation.  Nearly one in four children in Maine lack adequate food.  That’s about 63,000 kids.  Recent legislation expands children’s access to food in the summer and will greatly improve the lives and health of young … Read the rest