For many families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a lifeline providing access to nutritious foods. This program is critical in states like Maine, where more than 12% of the population is SNAP eligible.

When COVID turned the world upside down, the federal government gave SNAP a temporary boost, providing thousands of Mainers with extra funds to purchase food. On March 1, that pandemic-era support went away, making it even harder for many to put healthy meals on their tables. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, SNAP benefits are being reduced by up to $250 or more some families. At a time when everyone is paying more for groceries, this change hits those who are food insecure hard.

Leaders in both the public and private sectors must keep food security at the top of their agendas. From raising over $1 million last year as part of the Campaign for Ending Hunger to providing financial education and affordable services, Maine credit unions are committed to doing our part. We encourage you to do yours. Eliminating hunger will require a holistic approach. There is no better time than now to engage.

Todd Mason
President/CEO, Maine Credit Union League

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