Relieving hunger with local foods

Posted Sept. 04, 2011, at 8:52 p.m.

WALDO — The Waldo County Extension Association will hold its annual meeting at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Waldo County Technical Center, 1022 Waterville Road. The meeting will begin with local food snacks prepared by the Waldo County Technical Center Culinary arts students.

The theme of meeting will be to highlight successful local food projects that help community members throughout Waldo County. Representatives from several programs, including Maine Harvest for the Hungry, Veggies for All and the Waldo County Re-entry Garden project will be on hand to highlight their programs and discuss how others can get involved to help facilitate getting nutritious food to people in need.

Waldo County Extension executive committee members have been discussing local food security as part of the plan of work process for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. UMaine Extension is one of many area agencies that provide community and economic development services to the residents of Waldo County by putting research-based knowledge to work in homes, businesses, farms and communities.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension functions under a system that draws its directions from local needs. County executive committees formed of local residents who represent the population of each county, work with their Extension staff to assess and prioritize the educational needs of the county residents. The prioritized needs form the basis of county and state plans of work. To make sure the work of the UMaine Extension in Waldo County meets local needs, county residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to hear about the successful programs addressing food security and get involved in programs in their community.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goal. Any person who needs accommodations to attend this program may call Rick Kersbergen at 800-287-1426 or Extension’s TDD number at 800-287-8957.

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