Nearly 26 million Americans don’t have enough food to eat, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s the highest number since the coronavirus pandemic began in March.
In Maine, the Good Shepherd Food Bank has seen demand increase by about 25 percent since June. The number of families served by the Dover Area Food Cupboard has increased by more than 50 percent since the start of the pandemic. People waited hours for fresh fruit, potatoes, frozen meat and canned goods at a drive-through distribution event in September.