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 region. We cooordinate gleaning opportunities throughout Hancock and Washington Counties, connecting volunteers with farms, orchards, farmers’ markets, and other food producers and vendors to collect food that would otherwise go to waste. We then manage distribution of the collected food to community meal sites and food security organizations.
Since 2010, the Downeast Gleaning Initiative has collected and redistributed over 227,992 pounds of food throughout Hancock and Washington counties. We have developed new relationships with more than forty farms and engaged hundreds of community volunteers in the program. Our Gleaning Coordinators have established occasional and regular distribution systems with the fifteen food security organizations of the Hancock County Food Security Network, as well as the ten food security organizations of the Washington County Food Pantry Network. Our efforts have contributed to statewide appreciation and adoption of gleaning as a strategy towards improving healthy food access.
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Our Gleaning Coordinators:
Washington County Gleaning Initiative
Hancock County Gleaning Initiative