Veggies For All
We are a food bank farm that works to relieve hunger by growing vegetables for those in need, while collaborating with partners to distribute and increase access to quality nutritious food.
Started in 2007 by young farmers who recognized the great potential for local agriculture to relieve hunger, Veggies For All became a MFT program in 2014. The program has distributed more than 130,000 pounds of high quality, nutritious, locally-grown food through 10 partner food pantries in 25 towns. Our services reach approximately 1,500 low-income persons each year.
Veggies For All cultivates four acres of sustainably-managed vegetables. We focus on storage crops, such as cabbage, potatoes, winter squash, onions, and carrots. Our plots are located on Unity College campus and in the surrounding community, on previously underutilized land.
We not only grow vegetables, but help people better utilize whole foods by supporting companion educational programming, such as cooking and gardening classes in conjunction with partners. These efforts encourage food pantry clients to use more local farm products. As such, they also encourage greater use of SNAP benefits to purchase local fruits and vegetables. In this way, the work of Veggies For All reinforces SNAP nutrition incentives like Maine Harvest Bucks.
We harness the power of community volunteers to make it all happen! Contact us to get involved or for more information.
Map drawn by local artist, Hannah Kreitzer.
Support for Food Bank Farms
Part of our work involves applying what we learn from operating this program in Central Maine to help organizations elsewhere in Maine, and beyond, to create food bank farms of their own. If you are interested in starting a food bank farm, contact us.