Posted August 19, 2015
The Fight for Local Food Arrives at the University of Maine
"In a state with an ever increasing number of young and beginning farmers, a campaign has been growing to get Maine’s university system to source more of the food it serves from local producers. A coalition of food, farming, and advocacy groups, along with students and faculty in the UMaine system, are pushing for more Maine-sourced products, from meat to grains. The various groups are working together under the banner of Maine Food for the UMaine System.
The proposal comes as a $12.5 million, 10-year food service contract with the massive food provider Aramark is nearing its end (it expires June 30, 2016) for six of the seven UMaine campuses; the university system is in the midst of the process of selecting a new vendor. The group’s lobbying efforts for more Maine-sourced food began back in 2013, after Farm to Institution New England (FINE)—a six-state coalition of organizations working to increase local food in various institutions—learned the contract was nearing its end."
To learn more about the Maine Food for the UMaine System initiative, visit www.farmtoinstitution.org/maine-food-umaine.