Maine Local Foods Access Network
Maine Local Foods Access Network’s vision is that everyone in Maine has access to the abundance of food from Maine producers.
MFT is a founding member and current coordinator of this coalition of Maine organizations committed to growing access to local food in various ways. MLFAN’s current priority is expanding nutrition incentives such as Farm Fresh Rewards and Maine Harvest Bucks that increase the value of federal nutrition assistance dollars spent at participating farmers markets, CSAs, and retail stores selling local produce.
Organizations in MLFAN include 5210 Let’s Go, Cultivating Community, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Healthy Acadia, Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets, Maine SNAP-Ed, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, and Wholesome Wave. We are a part of the National Nutrition Incentive Network.
How do incentive programs like Farm Fresh Rewards benefit shoppers? A number of studies have found that nutrition incentives helped increase vegetable consumption for shoppers with low levels of education and low levels of produce consumption. Read more on Wholesome Wave’s website.
Want to accept Farm Fresh Rewards or Maine Harvest Bucks at your store, farmers market, CSA, or farm stand? Have another idea or something you are working on related to local food access? Contact us!