Good Shepherd Food Bank & MDF Collaborate
As Maine Development Foundation (MDF) celebrates Leadership Maine’s 20th anniversary, we are pleased to announce an exciting two-year collaboration with Good Shepherd Food Bank (GSFB) , through which our organizations will shine a light on the economic impact of hunger and bring leaders together to end hunger in Maine.
More than 200,000 Mainers are considered food insecure, a number that is on the rise. This hunger is caused by inadequate income and poverty; these economic issues impact our educational system, healthcare system, and workforce. Hungry children and adults suffer outcomes like poor educational results, illness, lowered productivity, and unrealized human potential. Worst of all, they are likely to stay impoverished over generations due to these outcomes.
In the late 1960s, a call to action was initiated by political leaders; America increased federal spending on hunger and by the end of the 1970s hunger was virtually eradicated in the United States. In the 1980s, funding was slowly cut and we now have more food insecure Americans - and Mainers - than before.
Through this collaboration, we have an opportunity to build a prosperous future for all of us, supporting economic changes that contribute to the wellbeing and quality of life of all Mainers. When we solve the problem of food insecurity in Maine, we'll be changing the lives of thousands of our neighbors for the better and avoiding the trickle-down effects of hunger on our economy. We have solved this issue before and we can do it again – together.
MDF and GSFB invite the alumni of Leadership Maine and other leaders in the state to join us in solving this economic issue.
For more information on the state of hunger in Maine, click on the links below.