Help us grow access to local food, so that all Mainers can eat healthy, farm-fresh fruits and veggies. Please donate today and #sharethebounty!
Or make checks payable to the Maine Local Foods Access Network and mail to:
MFFM attn: MLFAN
165 Sebasticook St.
Pittsfield ME 04967
(Donations will be received by Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets and redirected to the Network Maine Harvest Bucks program.)
The Maine Local Foods Access Network is leading a statewide effort to expand nutrition incentives, now called Maine Harvest Bucks, at farmers’ markets, local food retail outlets like food hubs and co-ops, mobile farm stands, and CSA farms, so that SNAP/EBT shoppers can get healthy, local food, plus bonus produce to make those limited benefits stretch a lot further. Maine Harvest Bucks increases the value of federal nutrition assistance funds at participating markets, helping families bring home more locally-grown fruits and vegetables. The wins are three-fold: low-income Mainers eat more healthy food, Maine farmers gain new customers, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. Share Maine’s bounty with all Mainers by helping the Maine Local Foods Access Network bring the Maine Harvest Bucks program to more communities across Maine.
Farmers and Markets: Do you want to accept Maine Harvest Bucks at your farm or market? The 2016 application period has passed, but get in touch with the relevant contact person listed below to learn what is required for participation in the future.
Partner Organizations: Does your organization want to partner with a market or farm offering Maine Harvest Bucks nutrition incentives? Community partners can help make these programs successful by assisting with promotion, volunteer coordination, special activities, and more. Find contact information below to start the conversation.
Community Members: Can’t donate? Support this program by simply spreading the word about the effort to expand Maine Harvest Bucks to more Maine communities. On social media, use the hashtags: #sharethebounty, #maineharvestbucks, and #localfoodaccess. Also, consider volunteering to assist with the Maine Harvest Bucks program at your local market. Thanks!
General inquiries and local retailers: Shannon Grimes, Network Coordinator
Farmers’ markets: Emilie Knight
CSA programs: Heather Omand
Visit MOFGA’s website
Farm stands: Stephanie Aquilina
Mobile markets: Sherie Blumenthal
The Maine Local Foods Access Network (MLFAN) is a group of Maine nonprofits collaborating to improve low-income access to locally grown foods across the state. Our vision is that everyone in Maine has access to the abundance of food from Maine producers. Organizations in MLFAN include Access Health, Cultivating Community, Healthy Acadia, Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, and Wholesome Wave. MLFAN’s current primary project is Maine Harvest Bucks.