GARDINER — Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, the local Healthy Maine Partnership that serves southern Kennebec County, on behalf of the Maine Farm to School Network, recently received a Healthy People Healthy Places grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to develop Maine’s growing Farm to Institution movement.

The $55,000 grant provides support for a leadership team with representatives from health care, public schools and secondary education to collaborate on ways to source more Maine produced foods in institutional settings in a way that honors the historic missions of the Farm to Campus, Farm to Health Care, and Farm to School movements, according to a news release from Healthy Communities.

Increasing access to locally harvested foods is both a health promotion and economic development strategy. The initiative will launch the first Maine Farm to Institution Summit in spring 2016.

For more information, contact Project Coordinator Renee Page at [email protected] or588-5020.

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