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

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 is to expand SNAP access at farmers’ markets in two counties with some of the highest rates of food insecurity in the state (over 20% off population receives SNAP benefits compared to the state average of 16%). In doing so, these positions will also support the capacity of their markets as a whole by connecting them more thoroughly with people and organizations in the communities that the markets serve.

Amy Jeanroy is the new Washington County Farmers’ Market Outreach Liaison.

Partnering with Healthy Acadia, we have contracted Amy Jeanroy as the new Washington County Farmers’ Market Outreach Liaison. Amy’s primary focus will be those Washington County farmers’ markets actively participating in the Maine Harvest Bucks SNAP bonus program – Eastport, Calais, and Princeton. She will also assist all markets in the region with various aspects of promotion through efforts coordinated by MFFM and Healthy Acadia.

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Marie Taft is the new Aroostook County Farmers’ Market SNAP Access Coordinator.

Marie Taft is the new Aroostook County Farmers’ Market SNAP Access Coordinator. Marie oversees the new SNAP and Maine Harvest Bucks incentive program at the Houlton Community Market. Marie manages the market’s information booth and coordinates promotion and outreach to make sure everyone who could benefit from this new program knows about it. A partnership with the Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District has made this position possible.

We are very grateful to have found two individuals with a longstanding passion for the local food system and whom bring diverse experience to their new work.

To contact with Amy or Marie, please email Emilie at SNAP@MFFM.org.