Food for All
Our Food for All Initiative addresses food insecurity and improves nutrition across Downeast Acadia. Our work increases the amount of free or subsidized nutritious food that is available to people experiencing low income and strives to make the healthy choice the popular choice for our community members. Food For All projects:


Nutrition Education Initiative
Gleaning Initiative
Summer Meals Program
Senior Farm Share

Hancock County Food Drive
Farmers Markets for All
Hancock County and Washington Food Security Networks

Nutrition Education Initiative

Through our Nutrition Education Initiative, Healthy Acadia provides education on USDA nutrition guidelines to people living with low incomes across Hancock and Washington Counties. We offer classes in nutrition, healthy cooking, and healthy grocery shopping on a limited budget to reach households experiencing low income. Our team provides educational sessions in schools, child care and Head Start facilities, community centers, food pantries, farmers' markets, and more.

The initiative is funded federally through the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) grant, which is held by the State of Maine and administered state-wide by the University of New England (UNE). UNE has contracted with Healthy Acadia to implement the nutrition education objectives across Hancock and Washington Counties in community-specific efforts through our comprehensive, on-the-ground network.

For more information and access to interactive tools to support you and your family in eating healthfully on a budget, click here.

 

Resources:


To learn about Healthy Acadia's nutrition education programs that are tailored for specific interests and age groups, click here.

To learn more about nutrition education classes and events, or to share ideas for locations to offer nutrition and cooking classes to low-income community members please contact:

Hancock County: Nikki Fox at 667-7171 or nikki@healthyacadia.org

Washington County: Sara McConnell at 263-5430 or sara@healthyacadia.org

Gleaning Initiative

Healthy Acadia, in partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, coordinates gleaning opportunities throughout Hancock and Washington Counties though the Downeast Gleaning Initiative. Visit our Gleaning page to learn more.

Summer Meals Program

The Summer Meals Program is a USDA nutrition program that ensures children are well fed during the summer months. As an extension of the National School Lunch (which provides free and reduced school meals to students who qualify), the Summer Meals Program provides nutritionally-balanced meals to children 18 years or under, free of charge.

Healthy Acadia is partnering with a number of schools, community organizations, recreation centers, and other community partners to implement summer meals programs and help get meals to the kids who need it most. In addition to providing food, Summer Meal sites provide an opportunity to teach nutrition education, and provide physical activity, games, and tasting contests, all in a safe and fun supervised environment.

2017 Hancock County Summer Meal Sites

Stay tuned for 2017 Summer Meal sites in Washington County.

For more information about the program, to volunteer, or if your community organization is interested in hosting a Summer Meal site, please contact:

Hancock County: Emily Herwerden at 667-7171

or emily@healthyacadia.org.


Washington County: Regina Grabrovac at 255-3741

or regina@healthyacadia.org

Senior Farm Share

Senior Farm Share is a federally funded program administered by the Maine Department of Agriculture that provides low-income seniors with free, locally grown produce. Farmers are subsidized to provide deliveries of produce directly to the seniors. Healthy Acadia plays a coordinating role in the Senior Farm Share Program by encouraging local farmers to participate in the program and recruiting seniors to sign up.

 

Resources:

  • Information for Farmers
  • Information for Seniors
  •  2017 Senior Farm Shares Listing: Available June 2017. This document will include the participating Senior FarmShare farmers who are offering shares and the approximate number of shares available. The listing will be updated throughout the harvest season, and farmers whose shares are "sold out" for 2017 will be removed. Farms are listed by county, then town.

For more information, contact:
Hancock County: Emily Herwerden at emily@healthyacadia.org

Washington County: Regina Grabrovac at regina@healthyacadia.org

Hancock County Food Drive

Healthy Acadia partners with UMaine Cooperative Extension, United Way of Eastern Maine, Washington Hancock Community Agency, Maine Community Foundation, food security organizations and other organizations across Hancock County to implement the Food Drive each year during the month of March. The Food Drive planning committee actively recruits food collection sites and business sponsors from throughout Hancock County. All collected food and donations are divided evenly among participating food pantries and meal sites throughout Hancock County. For more information, contact Emily Herwerden at 667-7171 or emily@healthyacadia.org.

The annual Hancock County Food Drive is a month-long initiative that spans the month of March. This county-wide effort to raise food and funds benefits a number of Hancock County food pantries, community meals, and school backpack programs. Click here for a list of 2017 sponsors and collection sites. Each benefiting organization agrees to help with the coordination of the food drive, and in exchange receives an equal portion of donations received.

Food and funds are collected through numerous businesses, schools, libraries, churches, and other organizations that agree to be official collection sites and sponsors for the drive. If your business or organization is interested in collecting food or becoming a sponsor of the 2018 Hancock County Food Drive, contact Emily Herwerden at emily@healthyacadia.org.

Food security organizations need your support throughout the year.

Financial donations are just as important, if not more so, than donations of food items. A donation can provide 4 meals to families in need, since pantries can often buy food items at wholesale cost. To donate to the Hancock County Food Drive at any point this year, 

Attn: Hancock County Food Drive
United Way of Eastern Maine
700 Main Street, Suite 1
Bangor, ME 04401

Please make your check payable to United Way of Eastern Maine, and write "2017 Hancock County Food Drive" in the memo line.

 

Food security organizations need your help to provide healthy food for families and community members in need every day. Food pantries need nutritious, non-perishable foods such as:

  • whole grain pasta
  • whole grain rice
  • healthy soups
  • canned vegetables
  • canned tuna and meats
  • peanut butter
  • low-sugar, whole grain cereal
  • low-sugar canned fruit

Please be sure to check expiration dates on any items you plan to donate.

2017 Food Drive Successes: 

 

2016 Food Drive Successes:

Nearly 100 schools, businesses, organizations community groups, and town offices collected more than 7,100 food items, and 16 business sponsors and numerous private donors raised more than ,600!

The food items collected will provide approximately 5,917 meals, and the financial contributions will allow the participating food pantries and meal sites to purchase an additional 6,076 meals!

2015 Food Drive Successes:

• We collected 13,900 food items and nearly ,000!

• Over 123 businesses, schools and other organizations from 29 towns in Hancock County collected and donated food.

2014 Food Drive Successes:

• We collected 10,675 food items and over ,000!

• Over 141 businesses, schools and other organizations from 31 towns in Hancock County collected and donated food.

2013 Food Drive Successes:

  • We collected 12,350 food items and over ,600!
  • A total of 114 businesses, schools and other organizations from 22 towns in Hancock County collected and donated food

2012 Food Drive Successes:

  • We collected over 7,250 food items and over ,500!
  • Nearly 100 area businesses, schools, and organizations pitched in to raise food and money for the drive

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For more information, contact:
Katie Freedman at katie@healthyacadia.org.

Farmers' Markets for All

Healthy Acadia works throughout Hancock and Washington counties to support and grow farmers' markets, and to help increase awareness of and access to the markets, particularly among people experiencing low income.

As part of this work, Healthy Acadia helps farmers' markets become equipped to accept SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) at their markets. We also work with Farmers' Markets to enable them to provide "Double Your Benefits" for SNAP customers - where people can receive produce at a reduced rate when using their SNAP benefits.

  • In 2013, Healthy Acadia worked with area food producers and crafts people, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets, to successfully revitalize the Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market and to enable them to accept SNAP benefits.


Healthy Acadia has developed several flyers for the 2017 season that list the farmers' markets by region.  Included on the flyers is information about market locations and times, which markets accept SNAP payments, if certain vendors accept WIC payments, and more. Download and/or print individual flyers by clicking on the title below:

For more information, contact:

Hancock County: Emily Herwerden, 667-7171, or emily@healthyacadia.org.

Washington County: Gretchen Swain, 255-3741, or gretchen@healthyacadia.org

Hancock County and Washington County Food Security Networks

Healthy Acadia co-convenes the Hancock County Food Security Network, in partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the Washington County Food Council. The Networks share resources, creatively solve problems, and organize advocacy efforts among the food pantries and community meal sites across the county. Healthy Acadia’s Katie Freedman leads these efforts in Hancock County; Regina Grobrovac, in Washington County.

Resources:

List of Food Pantries and Community Meal Sites, Hancock County

List of Food Pantries and Community Meal Sites, Washington County

For more information, contact:
Katie Freedman at katie@healthyacadia.org

Marjorie Peronto, Umaine Extension Educator at 667-8212 or marjorie.peronto@maine.edu

Regina Grabrovac at regina@healthyacadia.org

Vision
We build on our tradition of sustainable agriculture and fisheries to assure healthy local foods are an easy, affordable and popular choice in Hancock and Washington Counties.
Click here or on the icon above to learn more about Healthy Acadia's Nutrition programs that are funded by Maine SNAP-Ed.

 

Children enjoy a healthy snack during a "Eat Well, Play Hard" class at the Mountain View Early Care and Education Center.

 

Our nutrition education programs help participants learn how to make delicious healthy meals on a tight budget.

 

Volunteers help distribute gleaned foods to local food security organizations.

 

Our annual Hancock County Food Drive provides thousands of meals for community members in need.

 

In 2015, the annual Healthy Acadia/Classic Hits 92.7/95.3 FM Turkey-a-Thon raised over $31,000 for food security organizations in Washington County.

 

The Senior Farm Share program provides subsidies for farmers who provide deliveries of fresh produce directly to seniors.

 

The Franklin Farmers' Market

 

The Washington County Food Council coordinated the biennial Washington County Food Summit. This full-day event provides a unique opportunity for people from our region and beyond who are interested in healthy, vibrant food systems to come together in order to network, address infrastructure gaps and share successes and challenges.

 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs support local farmers and increase community access to fresh, local foods.

 

School groups and other community organizations help support food pantries by hosting community suppers and other fundraising events.