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Food Insecurity: More Mainers Go Hungry During the Pandemic & Communities Try To Help


Since the pandemic began, and job losses have continued to mount, the numbers of those dealing with food insecurity in Maine has risen by 25 percent—and Maine has the highest rate of hunger in New England. We discuss the repercussions of food insecurity, and ways that people are helping to supply food to those who need it, all across the state.   



Kristen Miale, president, Good Shepherd Food Bank 

Bill Guindon, disaster state relations liaison, mass care lead, Maine Emergency Management Agency 

Sue Powers, director of programs, Aroostook County Action Program 

Maureen Bean, organizer, Burlington Food Pantry 

Craig Lapine, special projects, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry 

Ben Martens, executive director, Maine Coast Fishermen's Association


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.