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

The group does not have a regular meeting schedule yet. To learn more or become involved with the Education & Wellness group, please send inquiries to merrymeetingfc@gmail.com.

 

Projects

This group has a new focus moving forward and will be partnering with healthcare institutions to utilize a food security screening tool (Hunger Vital Signs), distribute food access resource guides created by the MFC Food Security work group, and design an emergency food distribution system for food insecure patients. A series of community meetings will be held in early Fall to solicit community feedback on current food access programs and identify barriers to program use. Additionally, the group is tasked with designing a program that will improve community wellness through partnerships and dialog with healthcare institutions in the region.

In the past, the group has worked on a resource list for community members, including which farmers' markets accept EBT, possible volunteers for school gardens, and more. The group is also a resource for other work groups seeking to engage in education and outreach activities.

 

Members

This group is reforming, 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 BTLT!

 

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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.