Maine’s U.S. representatives, Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree, are calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to restore funding for soup kitchens, food pantries and homeless shelters in Maine.

Maine lost nearly 60 percent of its FEMA funding, or nearly $500,000, because of a new allocation formula that penalizes Maine as a rural state. Four counties – Cumberland, York, Waldo and Sagadahoc – have lost all of their funding, according to a joint new release sent by Michaud and Pingree.

“Shelters and food pantries are struggling right now, just as many families in Maine are,” Pingree said in the release. “This is not the time to pull the rug out from under them.”

Michaud and Pingree wrote to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, asking him to reinstate some of the cuts with any unallocated funds in the program, and to review the methodology used in handing out the funding.