Beacon: There are just over 8,000 farms in Maine, and Alicyn Smart, executive director at the Maine Farm Bureau, said it’s a cruel irony that more than 200,000 Mainers are still going hungry. She said many local farmers want to do their part to change that. “Maine is fortunate enough that we are increasing the number of farms within the state,” Smart said. “But at the same time, we also have the highest number of food-insecure individuals within the state. ”
Maine ranks first
among the New England states and 12th in the nation for food insecurity
– those who don’t have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food.