The John Merck Fund

2014 Regional Food Systems Grants

2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011  |  2010

Food Systems

Farm Fresh Rhode Island$25,000

To test market frozen and lightly processed produce from local farms to area institutions, including schools, preschools/daycares, hospitals, universities, and senior meal sites.

Good Shepherd Food-Bank$25,000

To purchase nutritious food items from Maine producers, making more fresh, local food available for hungry and food-insecure residents and creating new revenue sources for Maine farmers and food producers.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association$65,000

To ensure that Maine farmers and food producers are able to increase production, particularly in Aroostook County, New Englandís largest farming land base, as demand grows for healthy, sustainable, and organic food throughout the region, particularly in southern New England.

Massachusetts Food Policy Expendable Trust$25,000

To create a strategic food system security plan for Massachusetts.

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders$5,000

To provide general support.

University of New Hampshire Foundation$50,000

To support the release and distribution of the "New England Food Vision" throughout New England.

University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service$40,000

To continue developing a planning process for the future of Maineís food system, and to connect that process with those underway in the other five New England states and for the region as a whole.

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund$75,000

To support implementation of elements of the ten-year Farm-to-Plate ten-year strategic plan to develop Vermontís food system, including providing development and training for its member organizations, and conducting communication and outreach to connect with the Vermonters who are still unaware of the health, economic, community, and environmental benefits of supporting the stateís farmers and food producers.

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