Merrymeeting Food Council

At A Glance


Brunswick, Maine

Primary Issue Area:

  • Food
  • Living Economies

Active since:


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Community Size:


  • Group of Merrymeeting Gleaners volunteers in front of cold storage trailer.
  • Roomful of people eating and talking during community brunch.
  • Room full of stakeholders discussing strategies to address farm labor shortage.

Our Purpose

The Merrymeeting Food Council (MFC) seeks to advance a thriving, resilient, and equitable food system that supports the health and natural resources of our communities. Our vision is for a greater portion of the area’s food supply to be raised, caught, processed and consumed locally. This food system will protect and enhance natural resources, and create robust, meaningful economic and civic opportunities in the greater Merrymeeting Bay area. MFC is a collaborative network of farms, fisheries, businesses, nonprofits, government, and individuals working together to advance the food system in the 14 towns surrounding Merrymeeting Bay.Formed in 2015, MFC seeks to be a convener around challenges in our food system and facilitate opportunities for collaboration and community building. MFC’s Food Security work group created the Merrymeeting Gleaners project to address high rates of food insecurity in our communities. When a core group of partners was interested in understanding barriers to food access and wellness and the high rates of chronic diseases in our communities, MFC obtained funding to lead community assessments, build partnerships, and develop food access guides for our 14 communities. MFC is becoming a trusted convener by building communication, connections, and engagement that crosses food system sectors.