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FINI Funding to Begin in June

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According to Wholesome Wave and Maine Farmland Trust, final details about the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive funding will probably be released the first week of June. The participating markets will each be working with a partner from the Maine Local Food Access Network. The partner organizations will be arranging contracts or MOUs (memoranda of understanding) with each […]

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FINI Funding for Maine Farmers’ Markets: FAQ

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As has been widely reported, the USDA recently approved a major grant proposal to support  SNAP/EBT programs at more than 30 Maine farmers’ markets! (The 3 year program, announced last week, will also involve some farm stands and CSA programs.) We are very excited to see this level of Federal funding directed towards Maine farmers’ markets. […]

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USDA Funding Awarded to MFFM and Partners

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Today the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets celebrates USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of $31.5 million granted through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Program (FINI). National nonprofit Wholesome Wave received a $3.77 million FINI grant, of which MFFM, as a subgrantee, will receive substantial funding, which will be used to support increased access to fruits and […]

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EBT at Maine Markets Evolving

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Currently there are 29 Maine farmers’ markets accepting EBT. At our recent workshops “Making Your Market More Low-Income Friendly” we learned some useful information about changes in the process for farmers’ markets. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has a team dedicated exclusively to working with farmers and farmers’ markets to resolve their EBT challenges […]

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Register for March Workshops

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Is Your Market Low-Income Friendly? MFFM is offering a new workshop about increasing low-income access at your farmers’ market. Thanks to a grant through the Maine Community Foundation, the cost to register is just $10, which includes all materials and lunch. We’ll be offering the workshop in Bangor March 2nd and again in Brunswick March 4th (9:00-4:00). […]

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“Growing Local” Week in Pittsfield

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The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets is pleased to invite area residents to celebrate local food in February through a film screening and book talk. On Feb 17th at 6pm (snow date Feb 24th) there will be a gathering at the Pittsfield Public Library to discuss Ben Hewitt’s book, The Town that Food Saved. The book […]

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