Food Access Initiatives
Food access strategies go beyond the garden gate at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Lewiston, Maine.
The Center serves as a catalyst to kick-start projects that help increase access to healthy food in the community. Those initiatives often thrive and take on a life of their own! Below are a few projects we’re currently involved in.
The Lewiston Farmers' Market is dedicated to bringing fresh, local food to residents of the Lewiston/Auburn area. Shop for vegetables, fruit, baked goods, crafts, and more, and meet up with your friends and neighbors. The summer market runs Sundays from 10am to 1pm from the end of May through October at the Bates Mill 5 parking lot (corner of Main and Lincoln Streets in Lewiston). The winter market is less frequent and at a different location, but just as fun! Details on time and location are pending. For more information please contact 207-513-3848 or email, and visit the Market’s Facebook page.
If you are using SNAP/Food Stamps or WIC at any of our markets, you can participate in the Maine Harvest Bucks Program. For every $2 you spend, you will get $1 Market Dollar up to $10 each week to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables. Receive $10 in Market Dollars for every 3 visits and $5 for each new SNAP or WIC friend you bring with you. Market Dollars are not cash, but can be used for produce just like cash at the market!
The Great Falls Buying Club (GFBC) is a group of people who get together to purchase Maine-sourced and other grocery goods in bulk quantities at generally lower-than-retail prices. The GFBC is made up of individuals and families from Lewiston-Auburn Maine and surrounding areas. The Club is run by members/volunteers and supported by St. Mary’s Nutrition Center. For more information, please email the club coordinator.