Throughout Maine, agencies that provide food assistance to low-income people are
Throughout Maine, agencies that provide food assistance to low-income people are seeing a spike in demand. The Maine Center for Economic Policy estimates that last year one in three Mainers weren't earning enough to cover living costs, an amount of about $30,000, or double the federal poverty level. In recent years, Maine's labor market has shifted toward service industry jobs, where wages are stagnant. To afford a two-bedroom apartment in Portland, a household would need $37,320, or an hourly wage of almost $18. Proposed policies to address the problem include raising Maine's minimum wage, creating an earned-income tax credit for low-income workers, investment in economic development, and increasing access to higher education. With details on the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn.
Food relief, Good Shepherd Food Bank Lewiston
Smith, Taylor, "Throughout Maine, agencies that provide food assistance to low-income people are" (2006). Maine News Index – MaineBiz. 3498.
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