The John Merck Fund

2015 Regional Food Systems Grants

2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011  |  2010  |  2003

Food Systems

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.

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.

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 Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service$20,000

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.

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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