Grants help food stamp users, farmers markets

Posted April 12, 2011, at 4:45 p.m.

BRUNSWICK — Wholesome Wave recently awarded grants to five Maine nonprofits to expand the impact of its “Nourishing Neighborhoods Campaign,” and to help double the buying power of food stamp users at 11 local farmers markets.

The grants by Wholesome Wave totaled $61,000. The nonprofits also leveraged an additional $169,000 to $84,000 in local funding and $85,000 in federal funds — awarded by the Maine Department of Agriculture.

The five awardees are: Cultivating Community, $14,000; Skowhegan Farmers Market,

$21,000; Down East Business Alliance, $13,000; Maine Farmland Trust, $6,100; and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, $7,000.

Cultivating Community also received $84,000 locally from public sources. Two of the programs received funds from the Specialty Block Grant Program, funds from the United States Department of Agriculture and competitively awarded by the state Department of Agriculture: Cultivating Community $49,250, and Down East Business Alliance $42,268.

Based in Bridgeport, Conn., Wholesome Wave works in two dozen states to secure funding from federal, state, local and philanthropic sources for its in-state partners.

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