Category Archives: Food Security

Oct. 29: Healthy Food For All Meeting

The Healthy Food For All subcommittee invites all interested parties to attend its third meeting for a focused discussion on activities for moving Maine Healthy Food For All Goaltowards a goal of expanding access to healthy food for people in Maine.

No worries if you haven’t attended a prior meeting. Your input is important and needed!

Date: October 29, 9:30 a. – 12 p.m.
Location: Muskie School, University of Southern Maine
FMI: Contact Sandy Gilbreath

RSVP requested by October 26.

Developing Four Food System Goals


Our Steering Committee has formed subcommittees focused on four broad goal areas that seem likely to affect the greatest number of other leverage points within the system. These goals are in draft form and may evolve through thoughtful discussion, respectful feedback and input from invested volunteers.

We’ve listed each draft goal, a current snapshot of activity and contact for more information.

Economic Development SubcommitteeEconomic Development 
Maine Is Recognized For Having a Food System That Promotes Economic Development Opportunities And Builds Lasting Livelihoods.

The Economic Development Subcommittee is hosting its first meeting June 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Kennebec …

Call for Nominees: Steering Committee

Maine Food Strategy Logo


The Maine Food Strategy seeks nominations to its Steering Committee.

Nominations are due Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Nominees should be able to commit to serving a two-year term, participating in monthly Steering Committee meetings and assisting with at least one of four subcommittees focused on the initiative’s goal areas. Steering Committee members serve as individuals only, and not representatives or agents of any funding source, employer or other organization.

In 2015, the Steering Committee has identified several critical gaps in its makeup and is particularly interested in:

  • Individuals from northern, Downeast and western Maine
  • Individuals from communities of

Economic Development’s June 15 Meeting


Individuals who are interested in local food systems or who contribute to food access work in Maine are invited to engage in the further development of one of the four Maine Food Strategy goal areas:

Economic Development GoalEconomic Development Subcommittee

“Maine is recognized for having a food system that promotes economic development opportunities and build lasting livelihoods.”


The Economic Development subcommittee will host its first meeting Monday, June 15. The group will discuss ideas generated so far to support economic development in Maine’s food system.

*All interested participants are asked to email us prior to the meeting to receive copies

Healthy Food For All


Individuals who are interested in local food systems or who contribute to food access work in Maine are invited to engage in the further development of one of the four Maine Food Strategy goal areas:

Healthy Food For All Goal

Healthy Food For All Goal

“Maine has a food system that makes healthy food accessible and affordable to all residents.”


Please join us for a brief update on Steering Committee work to date, including some food access related data gathering and a deep dive into the Healthy Food For All goal area.

Lunch will be provided. Meeting location and details to follow.


Maine’s Growing Food Industry

MFS Co-Director Tanya Swain

MFS Co-Director Tanya Swain will speak this Friday at the Economic Development Council of Maine’s conference

Maine Food Strategy Co-Director Tanya Swain will address attendees at the Maine’s Growing Food Industry Conference about the importance of the state’s local farming, food and fishing economy.

MFS Co-Director Swain will speak this Friday, September 19, starting at 9:30 a.m. about the initiative’s goals to develop an inclusive plan that focuses on strengthening Maine’s local food and seafood economies.


She will highlight key findings from MFS work including its recently-released 2014 Consumer Survey Report and share the role MFS’s Steering Committee

2014 Consumer Survey Report

Click here for the 2014 Consumer Survey Report

We are pleased to share results of The Maine Food Strategy 2014 Consumer Survey Report. Last fall, almost 600 Maine households were asked about their attitudes and buying preferences around locally grown, raised and harvested food. Some findings confirmed assumptions like where Mainers shop, and others uncovered opportunities for education and outreach within the network of organizations working on food-related issues in Maine.


Consumer Survey Briefings
To connect at the local level, Maine Food Strategy members will meet with industry and community leaders to review survey findings, identify common resources and seek …

Courtney Bourns, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

We sat down with Courtney Bourns, Senior Program Officer to hear why developing food systems regionally is a priority for the Henry P. Kendall Foundation based in Boston.

Courtney Bourns, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

Courtney Bourns, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

MFS: We are hearing more about food systems, the term used to describe all the factors that go into feeding a population. What opportunities do you see in 2014 for programs and people working toward these goals?

CB: From my perch at a funding organization, I have a broad perspective within the region, and I see 2014 as an exciting year ahead, offering tremendous opportunity …

New USDA Rules for “Competitive” School Snack Foods

USDA released Interim Final Rules for competitive foods—the snacks and sodas sold from vending machines and carts outside of federally supported school lunches…The new  standards are tough and will change the food landscape in schools much for the better.”