Nearly 13.6% of Mainers, roughly 181,000 people, are food insecure according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Maine ranks last in New England and 38th nationally for food security. Since the Great Recession, rates of hunger have declined in much of the nation. Not so in Maine, however, where high rates of poverty and hunger persist. With so many of our neighbors going hungry every day, and with the cost of high-quality food out of reach for many, Growing to Give was born through the work and passion of several like-minded friends and neighbors.
We grow organic veggies for our neighbors in need
Growing to Give is based at Scatter Good Farm, a MOFGA certified organic farm in Brunswick, Maine. We’re just finishing our third growing season during which we raised and donated over 17,000 pounds of organic produce (the equivalent of 12,000 meals) on about one-half acre of land. This food has been delivered 3x/week to more than 20 local organizational recipients including food banks, pantries, Head Start centers, low-income elderly housing complexes, school backpack programs, WIC programs, and community kitchens feeding thousands of local people. We partner with volunteers from the Merrymeeting Gleaners, the Androscoggin Gleaners, and the Cumberland County Food Council who help us harvest and distribute our produce to those most in need in Brunswick, Bath, Lisbon Falls, Lewiston, Harpswell, Freeport, among others. Our produce is almost always delivered to its destination within an hour of harvest, so its recipients receive first-rate, high quality, organic produce – food that we believe everyone should be able to put on their family’s table, but is cost prohibitive for many.