The Blessings in a Backpack program at Jefferson Village School was Rising Tide’s April Co-op for Community Days partner. Every Wednesday, Rising Tide donates 0.5% of sales to an organization nominated and voted on by 5,000-plus member-owners. Through this partnership, the program received a check for $569.66, which will be used to ensure eligible school children have access to healthy food.
Blessings in a Backpack is a national organization that helps facilitate local resources to provide weekend meals to 88,900 students throughout the United States. Jefferson Village School’s chapter feeds around 40 students for 38 weekends during the school year. The contribution made through Co-op for Community will feed four more children for a year. This kind of support for students is so important because so many school children experience hunger in Maine, and especially in Lincoln County.
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Cabot Creamery Cooperative has partnered with Rising Tide Co-op’s Loving Local Meals program, donating cheddar for a macaroni and cheese meal served the week of March 22nd, enabling the program to purchase more local products from other farms. Loving Local Meals started as a way to expand the Coop’s contributions to food pantries as well as keep kitchen staff at Rising Tide employed when the hot bar had to shut down, due to pandemic restrictions. Since the spring of 2020, the program has provided more than 12,000 meals to food pantries in Boothbay, Jefferson, Newcastle, New Harbor, Waldoboro and Wiscasset. To read the full article, please click HERE.
Sea Smoke Shop recently made a $1,000 contribution to the Rising Tide Co-op’s Local Loving Meals Program as part of its ongoing commitment to fight food insecurity directly in the Lincoln County Maine region.
In cooperation and collaboration with the Rising Tide Co-op, Sea Smoke’s funds will be used specifically for the purchase of produce and protein from local farms and Maine purveyors in 2021. This contribution is intended to be the first of multiple contributions with a local and sustainability focus to the prepared meals portion of the program. Read the full article HERE.
We first learned of Rising Tide Co-Op in Damariscotta, Maine from One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Rachel when I was on the hunt for some Seville oranges for a batch of Seville orange marmalade I wanted to make.
Seville oranges are hard to come by and I knew I wouldn’t be able to find them at the big box stores and so I was pretty excited when I called Rising Tide Co-Op and they said, “Sure, we can place an order some for you. How many would you like?” Read more HERE.
On Sept. 1, Rising Tide Co-op in Damariscotta awarded Veggies to Table a $500 sponsorship as part of the Co-op’s Loving Local Meals program.
Loving Local Meals began in April 2020 when Rising Tide recognized that Lincoln County residents, and in turn food pantries, began to see a greater need for fresh prepared food in our shared community. Meals are made by staff and volunteers with a combination of local fresh farm ingredients purchased with financial contributions from Co-op and community members and with some donated products. Over the last six months, $15,000 has been re-invested in local farms helping to strengthen the food system in Maine. As of last week, over 10,500 meals had been distributed to six food pantries in Lincoln County. Read the full articles HERE.
Since the beginning of April, Rising Tide Co-op has been producing meals for Lincoln County food pantries. Everything from American chop suey to smothered beef and onions to sweet and sour tofu have been on the menu and, where possible, have utilized local ingredients.
As of mid-August, 6,500 meals had been distributed. Accompanying the meals have been side salads and micro-greens from Morning Dew Farm and Ciabatta Rolls from Hootenanny Bread. Some of the other sources have included Wee Bit Farm, Goranson’s Farm, East Forty Farm, Lakin’s Gorges Cheese, Caldwell Farm, Bondeson Farm, Stoneciper Farm, and ingredients distributed by Native Maine and Crown of Maine. Read more HERE.