Reduce incidence of preventable chronic disease throughout the region and increase access/availability to local food and opportunities for exercise.
- Reduce the incidence of preventable chronic disease throughout the region
- Increase access/availability to local food
- Improved access to recreational assets providing opportunities for healthy excerise
- Alignment of federal planning and investment resources that mirror the local and regional strategies for achieving sustainable communities
Progress to Date
As in the rest of New England and, indeed the rest of the country, the local foods movement is alive and well in Aroostook and Washington counties.
Workteams in Washington County are focusing on:
- debunking our "Food Desert" label,
- mapping the local food system, and participating in the Maine Food Data Consortium,
- food system planning including food hub development, Downeast Farm to School,
- supporting outlets for local food (farmers markets, food pantries, buying clubs) and
- hosting the Washington County Food Summit,
- find Food Summit Coverage by the Machias Valley News Observer here and by the Quoddy Tides here.
Resources in Aroostook County are provided here.