AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fifteen percent of Maine households are food insecure, meaning they aren't able to access enough food to live a healthy life. This means 200,000 Mainers are struggling with hunger, and many of those hungry faces are children.
One in four Maine children faces hunger and the Good Shepherd Food Bank is doing their best to try to fill up those empty stomachs, but they need more donations as the summer approaches.
"A lot of children in my school and schools that have high poverty don't look forward to Friday's, simply because one of the best reasons for coming to school is you have two meals a day," said Holly Couturier principal of Washburn School in Auburn.
During the school year, the Food Bank partners with schools and community organizations to operate what they call the Backpack Program. This program provides kids and their families with nutritious food for the weekend so they have plenty of food Saturday and Sunday.
"If people were not able to donate food or resources to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, I would not be able to feed my families, and that's just the sad reality of it," said Couturier.
The summer months can be especially hard for kids who aren't getting enough food because they no longer can count on school meals. The Summer Food Service Program tries to provide some relief to those children by setting up sites around the state where kids can go to get a meal. This summer the Good Shepherd Food Bank will be sponsoring meal sites in both Bangor and Brewer.