U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, pictured at left, speaks to members of Partners for a Hunger Free York County during a visit to McArthur Public Library in Biddeford on Wednesday.

Michaud heard concerns from group members about the problem of underfed and malnourished individuals in southern Maine, and said more needs to be done to help people end their dependency on welfare and food assistance programs.

“Maine is number one in New England in terms of food insecurity issues,” said Michaud. “The way our leaders talk, they put even more shame on these people.”

Michaud, who is campaigning as the Democratic candidate for governor, said he wants to change the way people talk about poverty, “to get people thinking about it in a different tone.”

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