Total Percentage of Households with Very Low Food Security
: 6.7 percent Median Income
: $45,734 Percentage Below Poverty Line
: 12.3 percent Unemployment
: 7.4 percent Obesity
: 25.8 percent
The rate of food insecurity in Maine has increased dramatically over the last few years. According to The Portland Press Herald, the number of hungry households in the state increased 5 percent from 1996 to 2009. Similarly, the number of homes with very low security rose by 2.7 percent over the same time period. The rate of increase for both of these categories is twice the national average.