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
We grow 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. This food is 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 that feed thousands of local people. We partner with volunteers from the Merrymeeting Gleaners, the Androscoggin Gleaners, and the Cumberland County Food Council to harvest and distribute our produce, often within hours of harvest, to those most in need in Brunswick, Bath, Lisbon Falls, Lewiston, Harpswell, and Freeport, among others.
Over our first three growing seasons, Growing to Give grew and donated more than 35,000 lbs. of organic vegetables to neighbors in need, while expanding the use of biochar across all fields, and while hosting many hundreds of volunteers and visitors who learned about food security, healthy food, biochar, electric farm equipment, and other climate-friendly farming practices.