BREWER – Some people in eastern Maine are doing what they can to fight food shortages.
According to FeedingAmerica.org, more than 170,000 people in Maine battle hunger daily.
“Every year now, we grow about 800 seedlings to give away, depending on projects,” said Gordon Provost, a board member of Food & Medicine.
The Food & Medicine group in Brewer, Penquis and the Eastern Maine Labor Council have teamed up to teach people gardening and cooking, while providing 13 raised-bed gardens for communal use.
“They’re creating fresh food for folks who might not have access to it,” said Kara Hay, CEO of Penquis. “They also create hope.”
The groups are the driving force behind more than just the garden beds at the Labor Council in Brewer.
“Our gardens at residential communities have reached over 255 families and community members,” said Kayla Kalel, a board member of Food & Medicine.
Union members built the greenhouse in 2009.
“I think this is the only union hall in North America that has a permanent greenhouse on the side of it,” said Jack McKay, Eastern Maine Labor Council.
According to FeedingAmerica.org, one in every five children in Maine goes hungry every day.