Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation awards $100,000 to 12 nonprofits

New England Council Member Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, along with the Maine Sunday Telegram, has awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to 12 local nonprofits as part of the Main Local Foods grant program. The program was launched in April and designed to support local food distribution organizations in Maine, such as farmer’s markets, food pantries, farm-to-school programs, and community gardens. Individual recipients were awarded grants of up to $15,000 each.

Each recipient has various plans for the use of their granted funds, such as Portland-based Cultivating Community, which will use its $15,000 to construct gardens and fund scholarships. Overall, the grant funds will be used by the organizations to expand the reach of local food sales, increase capacity to provide locally grown or caught food to low-income communities, and purchase supplies to construct and plant community or school gardens.

“There is no doubt that Maine-grown and sourced food is a priority here and we are thrilled to support the efforts of so many organizations as they bring fresh local foods to market and create opportunities for more people across the state to eat healthy,” said Karen Voci, president of the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation.

The New England Council applauds The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation for their commitment to building healthy communities by supporting nonprofits and local food initiatives.

Read more in Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s press release

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