Community Foundation Grants at Work

From the monthly archives: May, 2014

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We Like it Local

Where do you buy your food? If you’re like most Mainers, you do much of your shopping at chain grocery stores.

But given the choice, 80% of state residents in a new survey said they would purchase local food. Accoring to the report, more than half already buy Maine food at farm stands or farmers markets and nearly two-thirds said they buy locally to support our farmers, fishermen, and businesses.

Maine Food Strategy, a project funded in part by the Maine Community Foundation, surveyed 600 households to understand how Mainers view our food system. They discovered Maine’s food movement has room to grow.

More than a third of Maine people in the survey, recently featured on "Maine Calling," also said they grow or raise their own food. And the ENcore Leadership Corps, which works with MaineCF, is now training older adults to work in community gardens and help solve the state’s food insecurity problem.

Photo: Kelsey Herrington of Two Farmers Farm in Scarborough sells produce at Portland's Monument Square farmers market.

Grants to Green

Thanks to a $1.2 million grant from The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Maine nonprofits will have a chance to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in downtown areas across the state. The Maine Community Foundation will partner with the Maine Development Foundation, Efficiency Maine, and several other organizations to replicate the Grants to Green program.

The Maine Community Foundation is one of just two community foundations nationally chosen to replicate the program.