There is another food support program on mid-coast Maine benefiting ranchers and families. It’s designated “Farm to Pantry.”
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) runs the new activity that gives both assistance to organic ranchers and empowers Mainers to get the sound food they need.
The association, situated in the more prominent Brunswick zone, will purchase $40,000 worth of organic produce and protein straightforwardly from Maine ranches.
Ranchers whose organizations have endured a hard shot because of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The food bank organizer Ryan Ravenscroft says it’s a success win circumstance.
“Where they are not just donating to us, but we are getting something back to them that we can give. We have the resources to put this program in place and buy the stuff from the farmers,” Ravenscroft said.
Through this activity, the program will keep on serving sound food to its 5,000 customers it comes to every year.
“It’s a combination of the support for local businesses, local farmers and feeding our community,” Karen Parker, the Executive Director at Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, said.
The five farms that MCHPP is right now working with are:
Crystal Spring Farm (Brunswick)
Six River Farm (Bowdoinham)
Two Coves Farm (Hapswell)
Stonecipher Farm (Bowdoinham)
Whatley Farm (Topsam)
“They’ve always donated over the years, we’ve never directly bought from them..this was the right time to step up and do that,” Ravenscroft said.
As per the association, the food needs will keep on developing all through the pandemic.
“We’ve also seen a lot of new faces that we’ve never seen before, so we know that there are more and more people needing food,” Parker said.
The restaurant business is a colossal portion of the rancher’s income, one that is generally open to question at present.
“Make sure we have food for our clients and make sure that the farms exist, are supported, and can be sustainable,” Ravenscroft said. “For some of them, it’s 70-plus percent of their business, some of it is 30%.”
The’s association will probably make the hindrances as low as feasible for people to get food.
Chewonki Dining Services in Wiscasset has been gigantic assistance in making dinners and handling nourishment for MCHPP. “At the point when the opportunity arrives to transform tomatoes into sauce, they will be excessively critical to the general accomplishment of the program,” Ravenscroft said.
“We’re called Mid-coast, it’s mid-coast Maine..but we don’t turn anybody away,” said Ravenscroft.