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SchoolPlace FarmShare with the Locker Project

May 27, 2016

 

Lakeside Family Farm Partners with the Locker Project

Lakeside Family Farm is excited and honored to announce a partnership for its FarmShare program with the Portland-based Locker Project.

The Locker Project foodishope, aptly tagged Feeding the Future, connects food-insecure children in Maine with nourishing food to improve their learning capacity, health, and future. The Locker Project works with schools to provide students with healthy snacks and take-home food by stocking pantries at schools and youth education programs across southern Maine.

The Locker Project is perfectly aligned with Lakeside Family Farm’s philosophy. Lakeside Family Farm is committed to providing more Maine food to more Maine people through its sales to supermarkets where Mainers shop and now through its direct delivery of its WorkPlace FarmShares to places where Mainers work. Partnering with the Locker Project will enable LFF to extend this philosophy to places where children learn by regularly reaching out to children & their families with fresh local fruits and vegetables—the SchoolPlace FarmShare.

We all know that food insecurity is particularly harmful for our children and children are at greater risk than the general population for being hungry. Nearly one out of every four Maine children face hunger. Child hunger exists in even the wealthiest Maine communities. Among Maine residents generally, 16.2% are food insecure. Maine ranks twelfth in the nation for food insecurity and first in New England. Of these, 61% qualify for SNAP (food stamp) benefits at some level and 39% do not. Even those who have food stamps are less likely to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

These facts are disturbing and make this partnership all the more important. If you are interested in more information on the FarmShare, contact Sarah Redfield at (207) 752 1721 or sarah.redfield@gmail.com; for more information particularly about supporting the SchoolPlace FarmShare venture, contact Katie Brown, Executive Director at The Locker Project, (207) 899-9540, info@mainelockerproject.org.

 

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