More than 80% of children in Maine, or about 4 in 5 children in the state, live in a family that has taken advantage of the monthly child tax credit payments that began in July. These payments reduced children’s hunger and poverty because families spent money heavily on necessities such as food and childcare.
Now that these payments have an uncertain future and we have an uncertain winter ahead of us, we at Mid Coast Hunger Prevention want to reaffirm our commitment to providing All Our community members who can have healthy food.
Sometimes we hear that someone hesitates to visit because they feel that their need is not as great as the needs of other people in the community. That’s why we say: Everyone is welcome to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. Come to the pantry and save money on groceries every week. There is more than enough for everyone.
Every guest on the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program has a different story. All of these and more are perfectly acceptable reasons to access services at your local MCHPP or Zero Hunger organization. On a given day, we may offer food and peace of mind for:
- A grandmother whose three grandchildren have just moved in;
- A man whose rent has gone up.
- A couple who had to start indulging their savings to pay for groceries and bills;
- a parent who was able to save the deposit for a new apartment to get out of poor living conditions and make a safe space for her child;
- A prospective couple working to pay off their debts so that their child can have a better future;
- a person who saves up to renew the registration of his car;
- The single parent who was unexpectedly laid off despite working during the pandemic;
- Someone with arthritis that makes it difficult to get out of the house.
- A family with three children is afraid to pay for heating this winter with one income, since one parent now has to provide full-time childcare;
- You or someone you know can benefit from free groceries or meals
As we look forward to 2022, we would like to thank you for staying with us through another challenging year. We leave you with these wise words from John Lucas, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention volunteer: “Not everyone can save the world. But you can help with your little piece. And if everyone does their little work, the world will be saved.”
Ari van den Acker is the communications coordinator for the Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program. Giving Voice is a weekly collaboration of four local nonprofit service agencies to share information and stories about their work in the community.
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