The John Merck Fund

2015 Regional Food Systems Grants

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Food Systems

Cooperative Development Institute$50,000

To create a real alternative to the giants in food service by establishing the Maine Farm and Sea Food Service Cooperative, which will bring together farmers, fishermen, distributors, food service workers, chefs, and consumers in cooperative ownership to provide local foods to institutions in Maine, aiming first at the University of Maine system.

Farm to Institution New England$200,000

To serve as the "backbone" for New England's growing farm-to-institution network, which is designed to build the market share for locally grown products in the region's institutional food sector.

Good Shepherd Food Bank$25,000

To support efforts to regionalize the Mainers Feeding Mainers model by supporting other New England food banks in increasing their sourcing of regional food.

Health Care Without Harm$135,000

To leverage the individual and aggregate purchasing power of the health care sector to support the development of a resilient and strong New England food system.

Intervale Center$50,000

To create business relationships between Vermont farmers and food producers and Sodexo, the University of Vermontís food service management company.

Maine Food Strategy$40,000

To continue developing the Maine Food Strategy, which seeks to create a food system that provides quality jobs; promotes sustainable use of resources; and supplies healthy, affordable, and accessible food for all Maine people.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association$65,000

To ensure that Maine farmers and food producers are able to ramp up production, particularly in Aroostook County, as demand increases for healthy, sustainable, and organic food throughout New England.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition$40,000

To support local and regional food system development in New England and nationwide through the successful implementation of new federal food safety regulations.

New Hampshire Community Loan Fund$40,000

To lend its finance and business development expertise to farm and food entrepreneurs, investors, and intermediaries in New Hampshire and across New England, with special emphasis on building farm-to-institution channels.

New Venture Fund$12,500

To develop a Food Waste Roadmap to prioritize food waste management solutions that merge strong economic returns with optimal social and environmental impacts.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont$75,000

To meet the growing demand for local food while increasing farmer/producer financial viability by making improvements in the supply chain.

Real Food Challenge$35,000

To document the impact of the food service management company rebate system on institutional customers and other stakeholders and develop a new set of best practice standards for local food procurement that food service management companies can adopt.

Real Food Challenge$75,000

To use tools that increase the amount of local food served at the regionís more than 370 two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Red Tomato$60,000

To increase farm-to-institution sales by connecting a regional food hub network with a mainstream broadline distributor.

The Kohala Center$3,000

To enable sustainable agriculture and food systems advocates to attend the National Association of State Directors of Agriculture annual meeting.

University of New Hampshire Foundation$70,000

To enable Food Solutions New England to incorporate communities of color and historically under-represented populations into a shared understanding of the New England food system.

University of New Hampshire Foundation$50,000

To improve viability for farming, fish, and sustainable food enterprises in New Hampshire.

University of Vermont Extension$15,000

To convene the University of Vermont and University of New Hampshire co-op extension to develop a plan for combining forces in the coming year to more efficiently and effectively assist vegetable growers in the two states.

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund$100,000

To serve as the central coordinating organization for the Farm-to-Plate Network by overseeing program implementation, providing the governance infrastructure, fostering collaboration among participating organizations, and monitoring progress towards the Farm-to-Plate goals.

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