Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 23, 2020 and Island Ad-Vantages, July 23, 2020 and The Weekly Packet, July 23, 2020
Healthy Acadia raising money to purchase ‘Harvest Truck’
Healthy Acadia’s Harvest Truck Campaign is nearing the finish line to purchase a Harvest Truck and maximize the Downeast Gleaning Initiative’s efforts to end food waste and insecurity. The nonprofit community health organization is asking for help from community members to make it the last mile, according to a news release.
Thanks to support through United Way of Eastern Maine’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, the first $5,000 in community gifts made in July will be doubled to help organizers reach their goal. With only $10,000 left to raise, they are counting on the community to rally in support of the Harvest Truck Campaign in time for peak harvest and gleaning season.
Healthy Acadia estimates that the Harvest Truck will increase its annual distribution of high-quality fresh Maine produce to local food pantries by as much as 10,000 pounds. In light of the current pandemic and its economic impact on both Maine families and farmers, the need is more urgent than ever.
“We simply cannot afford to let this food go to waste when there are so many who do not have the food they need for their family dining tables,” said Katie Freedman, Healthy Acadia’s Food Programs Director.
Supporters of Healthy Acadia’s Harvest Truck campaign to date include Maine Farmland Trust, United Way of Eastern Maine, Machias Savings Bank, Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving, Realty of Maine, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, and many community contributors.
To give, and have your gift doubled, visit the Harvest Truck Campaign web page by July 31 or email Shoshona Smith at Shoshona@HealthyAcadia.org.