Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative (MFSC) works as a consultant to maximize the amount of local foods being served in Maine institutions in order to provide fresh, nutritious foods and provide an economic benefit to agricultural businesses, while helping to create a sustainable food system. While the local food economy is a frequent topic today, the use of local foods in institutions is lagging behind due to accessibility, marketing, and utilization barriers. Increasing institutional local food purchases will support more jobs in food aggregation and supply, and ultimately restore food processing jobs that have been lost over the past ten years.
MFSC works directly with food producers, processors, buyers/distributors, partner organizations, and institutional food service directors and administrators to overcome the barriers to implementing a local foods program. We apply comprehensive strategic thinking to the issues faced across the food system calling on staff with deep experience in actually the work of sourcing, providing and cooking with local foods.