Member of Maine Gleaning Network

FRC formed following the highly successful Feeding the 5000 Portland, Maine, event held on October 7, 2016, in Monument Square. This celebration of fresh local food featured a free bowl of nutrient-dense vegetable stew made from locally grown gleaned and donated produce, cooking demos by prominent local chefs, and educational activities involving creative food rescue. In the square, gelato and smoothies made from gleaned produce drew raves from the crowd, along with the vegetable stew which, in the words of numerous attendees, was “really, really good!”

Watch our Feeding the 5000 Video 


Food Recovery Coalition Participating Organizations: Cumberland County Food Security Council, Fork Food Lab, Garbage to Garden, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Jordan’s Farm, Locker Project, Maine DEP, Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative, Maine Farm to School Network, Maine Network of Community Food Councils, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP), Natural Resources Council of Maine, New England Environmental Finance Center (NE/EFC), Office of US Representative Chellie Pingree, Opportunity Alliance, Portland Food Coop, Preble Street Resource Center, Retreeus, Rosemont Market & Bakery, and the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry, UMaine Cooperative Extension, USM Food Studies Program, Wayside Food Programs, Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment

Voting Members (as of October 2018): Jim Hanna (CCFSC), Sarah Lakeman (NRCM), Pamela Hergest (UMaine Coop Ext), Heather Mcintosh (Volunteer, Portland Schools), John Naylor (Rosemont Market & Bakery), Kathryn Sargent (Locker Project), Hannah Semler (Whole Crops), Martha Sheils (NE/EFC), Mary Turner (MCHPP), Susan Webster (NE/EFC)