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Maine Group Receives Grant to Provide Healthy, Local Food

A Maine organization is getting federal funding to provide more low-income families with access to nutritious local food.

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A Maine organization is getting federal funding to provide more low-income families with access to nutritious local food.

Maine's congressional delegation says Belfast-based Maine Farmland Trust has been awarded nearly $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a project that aims to help people in the Supplemental Nutrition for Needy Families program buy more fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers. The group plans to implement the programs at at least 11 retail outlets across the state.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree's office says national nonprofit Wholesome Wave has also received a grant and will work with local groups like the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association to create incentive programs in local markets.

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