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St. Mary's Nutrition Center

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 held at the YWCA of Central Maine on 130 East Ave. in Lewiston from 10am to 12pm every Sunday from October through February.  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 to receive bonus fruits and veggies for every dollar spent!

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.  

The Good Food Bus is a colorful mobile food market with stops across Lewiston-Auburn, Bath, Gorham, Westbrook, and greater Portland.  It brings fresh vegetables, fruit, and other essential food directly to where people live, work, and play.  Cash, credit, debit, WIC, and SNAP/EBT are accepted on the Bus and the Maine Harvest Bucks program is also available for SNAP/EBT users to receive free fruit and vegetable vouchers when they use their benefits to make purchases.

The Good Food Bus is part of Good Food Moves, a mobile food initiative founded by St. Mary's Nutrition Center, Cultivating Community, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. For more information, please visit the Good Food Bus Facebook page, email the Bus coordinators, or call 207-513-3849.