Food Access Committee
Food Access Committee members representing Food AND Medicine at an event in Bangor on March 9, 2017, called Feeding Maine. The event was organized by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), and FAM participated along with several other local organizations.
The Food Access Committee (FAC) was started in March of 2014. In January 2014, FAM hosted a Training for Change workshop, which discussed race, class and stigmas against SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) users. After hearing from many dedicated community members about their passion for increasing food access in the area, and after researching other national organizations with a similar community-based model, the Food Access Committee was launched. The FAC envisions “to unite our collective voices to make a difference in issues of food, for ourselves, our families and our community,” and its mission is to foster communication between farmers and consumers, to act as an education resource, and to support local food access.
The FAC is made up of Food AND Medicine staff, volunteers, SNAP recipients, master gardeners, farmers and community members interested in local food access.
In 2016, the Food Access Committee looked at new ways to support local food access and address the causes and impacts of food insecurity in Maine, and is continuing with this important work in 2017. The FAC is involved in our raised bed garden project, cooking/canning/shopping classes, and other upcoming projects.
The FAC meets at the Solidarity Center in Brewer; anyone is welcome to attend meetings if they are interested. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 11 AM to 1 PM at the FAM office in Brewer. Please call to confirm, as dates/times are subject to change.
For more information, contact Food AND Medicine at 989-5860 or FAM@foodandmedicine.org