University of Maine Systems
The flagship event that created the cooperative, resulted in the winning food service provider adopting Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative drive for 20% local food within the first year of operations. Our team of food system, operations, business, and nutrition professionals became a finalist against mutli-billion dollar corporations, presented in front of 20+ University of Maine administrators and staff, and successfully scored the highest in multiple categories; Local Sourcing, Sustainability, and Maine Economic Impact.
Local Food Promotional Events
BIKE MAINE - Serving over 50%+ local food to 500 riders, volunteers, community member, and staff all within 45 minutes for Bicycle Coalition of Maine's annual ride. Sourcing from Calais to Kittery, we strive for ultimate local experience and impact the community with over $30k.
FEEDING 5000 Portland - Through a collaborative effort with the City of Portland, Midcoast Hunger Initiative, Healthy Acadia, and experts from all fields of the food system, we contributed to the effort by menu planning, site design, and leading a team of chefs and volunteers to serve 5,000 people.
We educate and support many hospital food service operations in Maine to be key community leaders when it comes to integrating healthy local food. Our clients stretch from the southern regions of the state all the way up to Fort Kent and Caribou. Local nutritious food is paramount to healthy outcomes when coupled with best food handling practices to ensure the hospital's compliance with regulations and health safety standards for both patients and customers.
Studies indicate that children's' performance are greatly improved with healthier, nutritious food, particularly sourced locally at its peak ripeness and at high quality standards. Furthermore, local healthier food also helps to fight the hunger/obesity paradox that afflicts many of Maine's children. We work with schools, regardless of economic profile, to ensure that budget concise sourcing, kitchen skills, food safety, and community marketing are part of the solution to integrate more nutritious foods right from Maine.