Maine Harvest Bucks

Farmers’ markets, food access & the USDA Farm Bill

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Next week we team up with our collaborators in the Maine Local Foods Access Network to launch a one-day Giving Tuesday campaign. Our goal: raise $2,000 to help expand the network of Maine Harvest Bucks markets into more communities and find increased success with all participating markets. It’s a humble goal, really, considering that the […]

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Finding Success with Local Partnerships

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As the outdoor market season winds down, we have much to celebrate – and plenty to learn from – after the first year under the Maine Harvest Bucks statewide nutrition incentive brand. (Previously Maine farmers’ market nutrition incentive programs operated under various names such as “double value coupon” or “bonus bucks.”) Since April, nearly $50,000 Maine […]

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Recent Facts & Figures: SNAP works & Maine Harvest Bucks broadens the positive impact

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Over the past year, research groups from around the country have released the results of multiple studies analyzing the long-term effects of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).* Formerly known as Food Stamps, this federally-funded program rolled out across the country in the 1960s and ‘70s and has since positively affected the lives of millions […]

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Rep Chellie Pingree to visit Augusta FM at Mill Park

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ADVISORY: TUESDAY—Pingree to visit summer meal site in Portland and farmers market in Augusta with top Obama Administration official Contact:  Andrew Colvin, (202) 527-4681 (Pingree) Eddie Ortega, (617) 699-7283 (USDA) WHAT: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree will join the top Obama Administration official in charge of federal nutrition programs—USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon—to see on-the-ground efforts to […]

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Public transportation pilot at Sanford Farmers’ Market

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In previous years, the Sanford Farmers’ Market had two locations – downtown Springvale on Wednesdays and Sanford’s Central Park on Saturdays – but chose to move both market days to Central Park this season. There were many pros to this location switch – consistency and quality of location, centrality and visibility. However, market manager and SNAP […]

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New hires: expanding farmers’ market support down east and up north

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We are thrilled to announce that the hiring process for our new positions in Washington and Aroostook Counties are complete and the new people filling these roles have hit the ground running! Funding from the USDA’s Farmers’ Market SNAP Support Grant and a local foundation have allowed us to expand our efforts and human power in these regions. A goal of both positions […]

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Tools, templates & tips for Maine Harvest Bucks markets!

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By season’s end 35 farmers’ markets throughout the state will be operating Maine Harvest Bucks SNAP bonus programs to make Maine-produced foods more accessible to low-income shoppers. We are endlessly grateful to the market members, volunteers and local partner organizations who help make these programs a success! Each market has an assigned MHB/SNAP program point person […]

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We love our local partners….

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MFFM works with a range of local partners around the state, particularly in support of the Maine Harvest Bucks program at farmers’ markets. Thank you to all the organizations that support this work! The list includes: Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District, Healthy Acadia, the Sunrise County Economic Council, Healthy Oxford Hills, the Center for an […]

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