Maine Food Atlas
The Maine Food Atlas has been created by the Maine Network of Community Food Councils, working closely with the Center for Community GIS. The Atlas allows farmers, food entrepreneurs, processors, farm to school groups, food security organizations, and other food-based entities to "put themselves on the map." Called "curated crowd sourcing," users can establish free Maine Food Atlas accounts, which allow them to richly describe their work, load photos, and independently manage their postings over time. Merrymeeting Food Council can help create the listings.
It is designed as a tool to help visualize and organize the food system in Maine.
Through local food asset mapping, community food councils are actively exploring and documenting their regional food systems. This work provides essential baseline information necessary for rebuilding community food systems, assuring greater food security for all, and improving the social, economic, environmental, and health impacts of our food. Download our local food system assessment.
Check out the Maine Food Atlas HERE!
The Maine Network of Community Food Councils' Kickstart Guide
This guide helps individuals and groups engage and mobilize others in their communities to work collaboratively to understand and improve their local food system. This guide also provides information about how to conduct a community food scan.
Learn more about the Maine Network of Community Food Councils HERE.
Maine Food STRATEGY
The Maine Food Strategy is an initiative creating a broader and strongly-connected network of organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals contributing to the food system in Maine.
The initiative is convening a statewide participatory process that will identify and advance shared goals to support a robust food economy in our state.
To learn more about MFS click HERE.
University of Southern Maine Food Studies Program
The University of Southern Maine Food Studies Program has brought several good speakers to Maine and is a tremendous resource for growing Maine's food system.
For more information about the program or to see their events, click here.
For example, see this 2017 lecture on food security by Mark Winne, Senior Advisor at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
Food Fuels Learning:
A Portland Public Schools Food Security Needs Assessment
The product of a year-long, community-driven process, "Food Fuels Learning" is an unprecedented approach to researching and understanding Portland's school food system and food security programming through five key areas: charitable food programs, federal nutrition programs, school gardens, nutrition education, and sustainable food practices. We encourage all members of the school community, and partner organizations that serve schools, to read and share widely these important findings and recommendations. We welcome thoughts, feedback, and collaboration as we move into the next phase of this work: implementing recommendations and launching the "Food Fuels Learning" Campaign.
The Portland Public Schools Food Security Task Force was created as a project of the Cumberland County Food Security Council, the Portland Food Council and the Portland Public Schools in 2017. For more information or to download the executive summary or full report, see the website.
2017 book - Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities. Download here.
2017 report - Hunger Pains: Widespread food insecurity threatens Maine’s future. Prebble Street and Good Shepard Food Bank. Download here.
2017 report - Unraveling the Food-Health Nexus: Addressing practices, political economy, and power relations to build healthier food systems, by International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. Download here.
2015 report - Growing Maine's Food Industry, Growing Maine. Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Download here.
2015 report - Maine Seafood Study. CEI. Download here.
2015 report - Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction. FAO. Download here.
2014 report - A New England Food Vision. Food Solutions New England. Download here.
2014 book - Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day. Leanne Brown. Download here.
2011 report - Global food losses and food waste – Extent, causes and prevention. FAO. Download here.
2011 report - Maine's Food System: An Overview and Assessment. Maine Policy Review. Download here.
2009 report - Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Values Based Planning and Evaluation. Community Food Security Coalition. Download here.
Healthy Eating ON A BUDGET
Cooking Matters: Cooking Matters helps families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget, as part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Recipes, Tips & Videos, Find Classes and more!
Senior Farm Share Program: 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. Information for Farmers. Information for Seniors.
No Kid Hungry Campaign: 1 in 6 children in America lives with hunger. 1 in 4 children in Maine lives with hunger. Find out more.
SNAP/WIC: Trying to feed your family on a tight budget? Check out some of these resources to help you put healthy food on the table.
Maine Harvest Bucks: Double your SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps at farmers’ markets, farm stands and CSA’s with Maine Harvest Bucks. For every dollar you spend with your SNAP/EBT card at a market, you’ll receive an extra “buck” in Maine Harvest Bucks to be spent on fruits and vegetables. Maine Harvest Bucks can be spent that day, or saved for later in the month or year when you want to spend them!
Farm Fresh Rewards: This program is part of a growing number of nutrition incentive programs that help low-income shoppers access healthy food across the country by connecting them with local produce and the farmers who grow it, building sales for farmers. Farm Fresh Rewards can be used by shoppers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, previously known as food stamps) at participating retail stores. Farm Fresh Rewards complements the Maine Harvest Bucks program that offers incentives to shoppers at farmers markets and CSA farms. Farm Fresh Rewards is currently offered at 16 retail locations around the state of Maine, with more to come. See this flyer for more information or the website link above.
OTHER MAINE based FOOD SYSTEM organizations
Bangor Area Food Council - Capital Area Food Council - Community Food Matters (Norway area) - Cumberland County Food Security Council - Franklin County Food Council - Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn - Lincoln County Food Council - Local Food Connection (Bethel area) - Partners for a Hunger Free York County - Portland Food Council - Washington County Food Council - Waterville Area Food Council
and many more...!