(Photo: Terra Optima Farm)
(Photo: Terra Optima Farm)
Maine food pantries will be able to distribute fresh produce grown by local farmers for at least the next two years, thanks to last-minute funding approved by the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee on June 18. The committee voted 9 to 4 to draw $1 million per year from special revenue funds to continue the “Mainers Feeding Mainers” program through the 2020–’21 fiscal year. Administered by Good Shepherd Food Bank, the program provides modest payments to farmers for fresh food they provide to food pantries, soup kitchens and other authorized organizations. Belfast Food Cupboard, operated by Greater Bay Area Ministerium (GBAM), is a local recipient of fresh produce. Located on the lower level of the United Methodist Church, at 23 Mill Lane, they distribute food on alternate Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to GBAM Food Cupboard, 23 Mill Lane, Belfast, ME 04915.