Mainers who are eligible for unemployment benefits have had difficulty accessing those benefits since the Maine Department of Labor switched to a new software system in December. You can read more about the issues with the new filing system here: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/28/state-unemployment-system-continues-to-frustrate-mainers/
Good Shepherd Food Bank is interested to hear from partner agencies who are serving people who have not received their unemployment benefits. Have you seen your numbers go up as a result of this issue? Have you spoken to patrons who are experiencing problems with the new system? If so, please reach out to Clara McConnell, Director of Public Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 782-3554 x1166 to share your experiences.