Feeding the County

Every day, in every county, Maine people go hungry.

Statistics tell the story: Nearly one of every four children doesn’t have enough food for adequate nutrition. Maine ranks 12th in the nation and first in New England for food insecurity. And more than 208,000 people, or 16.2 of the state’s households, need more food.

In Aroostook County, the demand is even more acute. While The County is known for its agricultural bounty, it also has one of Maine’s highest poverty rates.

MaineCF donors and others have stepped up to make sure Aroostook residents have access to good food. A grant from the foundation’s Aroostook County Fund funded the Catholic Charities’ Glean Team, which culled nearly 4,000 pounds of leftover crops from fields after the harvest. Last year the nonprofit’s pantry network served 23,068 people from a total county population of just over 69,000.

Northern Girl, a Van Buren-based food processor of root crops, is doing its part to make sure residents have vegetables too. The company used its new freezing technology, funded through the Fair Food Fund and MaineCF impact investing donors, to package a truckload of broccoli donated to the Catholic Charities Food Bank.

Gabe Souza, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, tells the story in MaineCF’s new video.

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What's New

What's Your Vision for York County? MaineCF wants to know. The foundation will host the second in its series of community conversations on Tuesday, March 1, in Sanford. Participants may register by noon, February 29, through Eventbrite.

We’re hiring: MaineCF is hiring to fill a new position, Director of Gift Planning. Applications will be accepted through February 29. The foundation also seeks a Vice President of Community Impact to provide leadership for the foundation's grantmaking and community impact operations. Applications will be accepted through February 19.

Leading for change: In a time of leadership transition at the Maine Community Foundation, we've focused our fall newsletter, Maine Ties, on the topic of leaders—who they are, how they lead, what their vision is for making a difference in Maine.

In the news: What's next as Maine's nonprofit leaders retire? MaineCF's new president and CEO weighs in. Learn more about the foundation's impact across Maine and read the latest news from MaineCF.


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