Did you know that 40 percent of the food produced for humans in the U.S. is wasted every year? That’s enough to fill the Empire State Building nearly 100 times. Meanwhile, Maine ranks first in New England in terms of food insecurity, including for children, and the State struggles to manage the costs and impact of our municipal solid waste stream, 43 percent of which is organic material.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP), the Curtis Contemporaries, the Merrymeeting Food Council, Wild Oats Bakery, and the Camden International Film Festival joined forces to host a community screening and discussion of the documentary, “Just Eat It” on Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street in Brunswick.
NRCM’s Sustainable Maine project helps individuals, communities, and the State adopt practical, effective measures to conserve and protect Maine’s natural resources, now and for future generations. We are committed to helping address the massive food waste problem as it relates to human and environmental health and economic sense.
The mission of MCHPP is to provide hungry people with access to healthy food, work to improve the quality of their lives by partnering with others, and serve them in a manner that recognizes their dignity.
The Curtis Contemporaries are working to engage a new generation in participating in and supporting the Curtis Memorial Library through a film series, annual after-hours event, and other programming.
Merrymeeting Food Council envisions a community that supports local production and provides healthy and nutritious food to everyone. They are a collaborative network of farmers, non-profits, businesses, government, and individuals working together to advance a thriving, resilient food system. Their goal is for a large portion of the area’s food supply to be raised, caught, processed and consumed locally. This local food system – or everything involved in the production and consumption of food for our community – will protect and enhance natural resources, and create robust, meaningful economic and civic opportunities for the residents and visitors of the greater Merrymeeting Bay area.
Wild Oats is a locally owned, from-scratch bakery, deli, and café in the heart of Brunswick’s downtown. Social and environmental responsibility are at the very center of everything they do.