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(NEWS CENTER) -- A recent report from the AARP on hunger in the United States ranked Maine number one among the New England States for food insecurity. Diane Atwood of Catching Health shared that means many Mainers are forced to choose between buying nutritious food and paying the rent, medical bills or heat.

On Atwood's blog, she has written several posts on misconceptions about hunger and connection between hunger and obesity. She said that people who don't have good access to nutritious food are often overweight.

For those who want to help, here are some ideas and programs to consider:

- Donate your time at soup kitchens, food pantries or Meals on Wheels

- Run or contribute to nutrient-dense food drives (you can read about nutrient-dense food in part two of the series)

- Donate nutrient-dense food to food banks

There are also several programs that support the hungry:

- Mainers Feeding Mainers

- Harvest for Hunger

- Hunters for the Hungry

Atwood is compiling a list of where to pick strawberries and blueberries in Maine. If you have a recommendation for a farm or an organic farm, send her an email at diane(at)dianeatwood(dot)com or contact her through her blog.

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