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Piscataquis Regional Food Center Receives Grant to Promote Healthy Eating


Dover-Foxcroft, ME (April 4, 2024) – Piscataquis Regional Food Center, home of the Dover Foxcroft Area Food Center is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a generous grant from Northern Light Health to support its Healthy Additions program. This grant will enhance our ability to provide more fresh produce and healthy foods for the people served by the Food Center.


The Healthy Additions program, launched in 2023, is dedicated to providing access to healthy fruits and vegetables, low-sodium, low-sugar, and special diet resources to individuals and families in the Maine Highlands region.


"We are immensely grateful to Northern Light Health for their support of our Healthy Additions program," said Kelly Sirimoglu, Executive Director at PRFC. "This grant will enable us to provide more fresh fruits, vegetables, and shelf-stable items that support special diets, to the more than 600 households who visit the Food Center each month.”

The Food Center, located in Dover Foxcroft, opened its doors to the community on February 14, 2023, and has experienced a 200% increase in program registration. Each week an average of 190 low-income families visit the Food Center marketplace. Many of the people served by the Food Center are living with Diabetes, Hypertension, and other diet-related conditions. Access to items like fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, apples, lettuce, and citrus fruits supports our shopper's wellness.


"We believe that investing in initiatives like Healthy Additions is crucial for the overall health and vitality of our community," said Marie Vienneau, senior vice president, Northern Light Health and president of Northern Light Mayo and CA Dean Hospitals. "We are proud to support the Food Center's efforts to improve the well-being of individuals and families in our community.”


If you need assistance with food, please contact PRFC at (207) 802-8230 to make a shopping appointment.


About Piscataquis Regional Food Center:

Piscataquis Regional Food Center, founded in 2017 is a 501c3 nonprofit in Dover Foxcroft, ME, and is an equal-opportunity employer. PRFC’s mission is to connect people with sources of healthy food and stimulate the regional agricultural economy.


About Northern Light Health

At Northern Light Health, we’re building a better approach to healthcare because we believe people deserve access to care that works for them. As an integrated health delivery system serving Maine, we’re raising the bar with no-nonsense solutions that are leading the way to a healthier future for our state. Our care team—in hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, long-term and home healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and ground and air medical transport and emergency care—are committed to making healthcare work for you: our patients, communities, and employees. To learn more about Northern Light Health and our locations across Maine, visit www.northernlighthealth.org



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