Officials discuss hunger problem in York County

1:03 PM, Nov 3, 2012   |    comments
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SACO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Many professionals from across York County are trying to change the perception of hunger and come up with strategies to combat the problem.  

Officials from local food pantries, agenices, and faith communities gathered at First Parish Congregational Church in Saco Saturday morning for a panel discussion on the hunger problem in York County.

Organizers say the strategy session was held to raise awareness about the depth of the hunger problem, and to add to organizing efforts while helping agencies meet the needs of people who are food insecure.

Officials say a big part of dealing with food insecurity is being able to come to grips with just how widespread a problem it is.  

"Changing awareness is a tremendous struggle.  There are so many things that compete for our attention in modern society," Tom Kircher with First Parish Congregational Church said.  "People who are hungry, we don't see them out on the streets begging for food, but they are with us.  People who we meet every day are hungry."  

Representatives from General Assistance offices, Partners for a Hunger Free York County, and Preble Street all attended Saturday's event.


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