DOWNEAST GLEANING INITIATIVE
Member of Maine Gleaning Network
Through the Downeast Gleaning Initiative, Healthy Acadia, in partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, works to address food insecurity in the Downeast region. We coordinate gleaning opportunities throughout Hancock and Washington Counties, connecting volunteers with farms, gardens, orchards, and farmers’ markets to collect food that would otherwise go to waste. We then manage distribution of the collected food to food pantries, community meal sites, and other food assistance programs.
Since 2013, the Downeast Gleaning Initiative has redistributed over 330,000 pounds of fresh produce throughout Hancock and Washington counties. Each year we partner with more than 50 food producers and engage hundreds of volunteers. As a founding member of the Maine Gleaning Network, our efforts have contributed to statewide appreciation and adoption of gleaning as a strategy towards improving healthy food access.
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Washington County Gleaning Initiative
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