Food Access Committee

Food Access Committee Background

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.

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.  The FAC is involved in our raised bed garden project, cooking/canning/shopping classes, and other upcoming projects. In 2016, 3 raised bed gardens were built, and an additional 7 beds built in 2017, bringing the total number of garden locations to 9 (one 2016 location requested an additional garden bed).

In 2017-2018, the FAC has evolved into a coalition of members of Garden Committees at the nine raised bed gardens built by the Committees under the guidance of FAM organizers. The FAC is a way for the Garden Committee members to discuss best practices, provide each other support, and to discuss food insecurity and other related issues.

For more information, contact Food AND Medicine at 989-5860 or FAM@foodandmedicine.org