What we do
The St. Mary’s Nutrition Center is home to Lots to Gardens, (an urban garden program), the St. Mary's Food Pantry, and cooking and nutrition education programs. The programs at the center include cooking-centered nutrition education for all ages; community gardens for families of low-income; garden education programs for children; FoodCorps programs in schools; leadership and job training programs for teens; and the year round Lewiston Farmers’ Market.
The Nutrition Center has been integral to the implementation of a multi-partner community food assessment and planning process - the first assessment of this nature and scope to be conducted in the state of Maine that has led to the creation of the regional food council, Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn (GFCLA). GFCLA reflects a growing national trend of using community food assessments as the basis for designing big-picture, long-term community food and nutrition solutions that combine programmatic and policy approaches.