About

The Education and Wellness group is focused on improving all aspects of health through access to healthy and nutritious food. The work group is open to anyone and seeks to learn from community members, health care and public health professionals, land trust representatives, and more.

 

Meetings

A group of engaged stakeholders meets monthly. To learn more, or become involved with the Education & Wellness group, please send inquiries to merrymeetingfc@gmail.com.

 

Projects

-In 2018 and 2019 this group has built partnerships with healthcare institutions to pilot a food security screening tool (Hunger Vital Signs) at the Mid Coast Hospital Walk-In Clinic in Brunswick (beginning Winter 2019), to distribute food access resource guides created by the MFC Food Security work group, and to design an emergency food distribution system for food insecure patients in partnership with Good Shepherd Food Bank and Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program.

-In 2018 community assessments were conducted in 7 communities to understand existing food access and wellness programs and identify barriers to program use. This assessment work included more than 100 individual interviews and over 20 organizational interviews. From these, the work group identified common themes and barriers will be working in 2019 to address these. To find out more, please contact us.

-This group is also a resource for other work groups seeking to engage in education and outreach activities.

 

Members

An updated member list will be added soon.

If you are interested in connections between food and health, please reach out and get involved!

 

Support

This work is made possible by funding from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. THANK YOU!

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust was the recipient of the Sewall Foundation grant as MFC is not a non-profit. BTLT is administering both grants, thank you!

 

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The long-term goal of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation is to improve the well-being and prosperity of all Maine people and the environment in which they live.  Among the most pressing issues currently facing Maine and negatively impacting the well-being of both people and the environment are: limited economic opportunity, environmental degradation, and the existence of barriers that create inequities and separation among people.

We believe that the well-being of people and the environment are inextricably linked.  Neither can thrive while the other suffers.  As the connections between people and their environment are strengthened, both become healthier, more resilient and more vibrant.  Further, we believe that more positive relationships between people across socioeconomic and cultural boundaries can bridge differences, reduce inequities, and contribute to community health.

 

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The New England Grassroots Environment Fund energizes and nurtures long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and sustainable communities using stories, tools and dollars to fuel local activism and social change. Since 1996, the Grassroots Fund's core grant making program continues to fund nearly 150 grants annually, giving more than $4 million in 20 years to more than 2,000 community groups and initiatives covering more than 60% of New England's cities and towns. For more information, please visit grassrootsfund.org or call 603-905-9915.