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Why This Indicator Matters

Supplement Nutrition Assistance provides food to children who live in families with low incomes. The numbers fluctuate with the economy and also with changes in eligibility. Children who live in families who have sufficient food are said to have low food insecurity. This is associated with better outcomes in school and general health.

What the data shows
The number of children receiving SNAP is the lowest since 2008, at 63,907 or about 1 in 4 Maine children. This varies by county from a high of 36-37% in Washington and Somerset Counties to a low of 17-18% in Cumberland and York Counties in 2017.
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