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Food Recovery Coalition celebrates World Food Day ~ Oct.16th, 2017 @ Portland Public Library 4-7pm with GSFB Executive Director as Keynote.

 4:00-4:30  Keynote ~ Kristen Miale & Steve Finn


 4:30-5:00  Maine Gleaning Week Results (4:35 - 25min)

 5:00-5:30 Networking and Refreshments by:

  • Food Recovery Coalition Produce Stand

  • Cooking Matters ?

  • UMaine Master Preservers.


5:30-7:00   Chellie Pingree introduces the film ?

  • Healthy Communities of the Capital Area with support from Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Foundation, and Food Recovery Coalition presents:
  • WASTED  (movie 1 hr. 25 min.)



Member of the Maine Gleaning Network

The Merrymeeting Gleaners began in 2016, as a project of the Merrymeeting Food Council. In 2021, the program became part of Mid Coast Hunger Prevention program in Brunswick. 


We have a Coordinator and over 100 volunteers who work with over two dozen farmers to bring fresh, local produce to those in need. Gleaners harvest surplus produce from farms and collect extra produce from Farmers’ Markets five days a week during the growing season. We also process gleaned produce into frozen soups, sauces, and meals at MCHPP's Community Kitchen one day a week.   


We distribute the produce internally amongst MCHPP's programs but we also deliver to smaller food pantries, youth organizations, healthcare centers, social service agencies, and housing communities. Over 30 organizations in towns and cities all around the Merrymeeting Bay region receive our produce every week throughout the year.


Additionally, we operate Sharing Tables in 3 towns in our region year-round. The Sharing Tables are unmanned tables with free produce that is displayed in a public place and available to anyone that needs it.  There is no income criteria and it is completely anonymous. 


To get involved or learn more:

Contact: Julia Nelson, Program Coordinator, or 207-275-2716 x 313. 

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