Our Mission is to improve food security in the Piscataquis Region by connecting people with sources of healthy food.

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76 North St. / PO Box 264

Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426-1041

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PRFC's Visit to UMaine's Dr. Matthew Highlands Pilot Plant

One of the lessor known elements of the “Food Center” strategy that PRFC is pioneering is the ability to provide safe, certified facilities for food preparation. For the last 3 years we’ve been accumulating the necessary equipment and for the last few months we’ve been working hard getting the space ready for use. Now that we’re nearly done it’s probably a good time to start getting the word out about what it is all about. For those who haven’t been through PRFC’s building lately, in the center is a 1000 square foot area containing sinks, tables, and equipment for handling, processing, and cooking large amounts of food at one time. A wide range of activities are possible, such as repacking

Food Center Friday: Vote Vote Vote!

Hello everyone! It's Food Center Friday, and we have more exciting news to share! Piscataquis Regional Food Center has been nominated for Bangor Savings Bank Foundation's Community Matters More! This very generous nomination means, with your help, we can potentially win up to $5,000! The Foundation is giving more that $140,000 to 55 local New England nonprofit organizations, and we are so grateful for the nomination and the opportunity to reach more people with our work. The Food Center strives to eradicate food insecurity, and also serve as a community-connecting entity; this means helping folks obtain food, helping local farmers, food distributors, food entrepreneurs, and the Piscataquis r

Wednesdays with Whitney: Garlic!

How do fresh garlic and garlic powder compare? Who doesn’t love January’s Spice of the Month?! Garlic powder is so versatile and easy to use. Fresh garlic is also a kitchen staple. How do they stack up against each other, you ask? I’d prefer saying they both have a great place in all kitchens, rather than putting them head-to-head. The smell of sautéing garlic is hard to beat. Garlic is in the same family as shallots, leeks and chives. Garlic contains vitamin C, B6, thiamine, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, copper and manganese. Garlic is naturally low in calories. Garlic is loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals that help fight and prevent inflammation. Garlic is a prebiotic which fuel

Food Center Friday: Garden in a Box

We have some very exciting news to share! Coming up on this warm season (what all Mainers are wishing for right now), PRFC will be launching a new pilot project called Garden in a Box. We recently received funding from the Quimby Family Foundation to make this dream-project a reality! Garden in a Box is a project that provides a full container gardening experience for about 20 people. This means that our Gardeners will attend a series of workshops (that the public is welcome & encouraged to attend as well), they will receive a free 15-gallon cloth gardening container for their plants, they will get to choose from a variety of seedling options, and they'll be visited by Garden Coaches (Master

Guest Blogger Wednesday: Trisha Smith

I have a pretty familiar face in the Dover-Foxcroft community, partly due to the fact that I look so much like my mother, Nancy Doore Smith, and that I have 6 siblings who also grew up here. People regularly ask, “which one are you?” and then tell me who they went to school with, or share a memory of my parents. It’s something I love about living in my hometown. Not everyone who lives here elicits that kind of response from their fellow townsfolk. I haven’t always elicited that kind of response, either. I felt the weight of shame for being a single parent relying on public assistance, the judgement of strangers when I used WIC coupons and Food Stamps (now called SNAP). My child was mocked fo

Food Center Friday Op-ed: Take what you can get, or advocate for what you deserve?

It's been a great week here at PRFC! We are busy coordinating, thinking about future endeavors and partnerships, and thinking lots about spring. Recently, Merrilee and I went to the Sangerville UU Church food pantry to pick up food for some of our homebound seniors. I was very happy to see that there were fresh vegetables from local farms donated to the food cupboard, and they had a great selection of turnips, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, squash and pumpkins. We're always told to "eat the rainbow," and the availability of these fresh foods certainly helps community members achieve that! Lots of folks that fall within the low-income bracket have heard "take what you can get" so many times that

Guest Blog: Get to know the folks at Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA)

What is the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and how do I apply? Eastern Area Agency on Aging provides older adults, caregivers and adults with disabilities in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington counties with information and access to resources they need to be healthy, engaged and supported in their communities. One of the programs we facilitate is the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The CSFP program is funded by the USDA and works to improve the health of low-income seniors by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA foods. These thirty pound monthly food boxes include a variety of items such as: non-fat dry and ultra-pasteurized milk, juice, Farina,