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MEJP was a strong supporter of LD 1052, An Act to Feed Rural Citizens of the State this session. This bill would have helped to prevent hunger for thousands of unemployed and underemployed Maine people who recently lost their SNAP benefits because they couldn’t find work or volunteer opportunities, or couldn’t get enough hours from their employer. Despite the advocacy of individuals and organizations across the state, many of whom came to Augusta to testify in support of the bill at the public hearing, it failed to pass.

By targeting parts of the state where jobs and volunteer opportunities are scarce, the proposal would have helped eligible residents in those areas keep food on the table in times of need.  It would have brought Maine back in line with the vast majority of other states in the country that already do this. For more details about this proposal, see our fact sheet from earlier this year.







(August 2015)