We’re so grateful to share in the work with so many incredible community organizations fostering health, access to local food and belonging on Mount Desert Island. Please support and learn from these organizations, whose work we love!
BAR HARBOR FOOD PANTRY
The Bar Harbor Food Pantry provides healthy food and other household products free of charge to Hancock County residents in need of assistance. The Bar Harbor Food Pantry has been serving the community since 1994. The Bar Harbor Food Pantry and Open Table MDI often unite to support a shared vision.
Healthy Acadia works on a broad range of community health initiatives that help Hancock and Washington Counties to thrive. Since 2001, they have convened and facilitated numerous collaborative community efforts. Before achieving our 501(c)(3) status, Healthy Acadia served as our non-profit fiscal sponsor.
The Bar Harbor Congregational Church is a UCC Open & Affirming congregation, located in downtown Bar Harbor, Maine. The Church generously opened their doors to Open Table MDI in February 2018. Their downstairs Friendship Hall and adjacent kitchen have been the perfect first home for our community supper. We are so grateful for their unwavering support, open hearts and smiling faces.
Island Connections began in the mid-1990’s in response to an identified need for seniors and disabled neighbors in the Mount Desert Island community. They provide transportation to medical, dental & vision appointments, as well as other errands, social visits, and appointments. Meals on Wheels is a good part of the work they do and they are happy to be collaborating with the MDI/Ellsworth Housing Authority to do so.
Beech Hill Farm, a project of College of the Atlantic, is a MOFGA-certified organic farm. The 73-acre property includes six acres of fields in vegetable production, three small heirloom apple orchards, pasture land for pigs and poultry, five greenhouses, and open forest. Beech Hill Farm also administers Share the Harvest – a program that acts as a liaison between low-income residents, summer workers, and local food. Open Table MDI purchases produce from Beech Hill Farm and generously provide fresh produce for our gleaning table. Open Table MDI is also proud to partner with Beech Hill Farm on the MDI Food Access Project.
Bar Harbor Community Farm is located at the old Gilbert Farm on Gilbert Farm Road in Town Hill. This 50 acres is now preserved, with agricultural and nature easements, as farmland forever. The 15 acres of tillable soils are considered ‘agricultural soils of statewide significance.’ They grow over 80 varieties of MOFGA certified organic vegetables for restaurants, markets and 150 households on Mount Desert Island. Bar Harbor Community Farm provides Open Table MDI with produce on a regular basis.
Founded in 1969, College of the Atlantic was the first college in the U.S. to focus on the relationship between humans and the environment. COA enriches the liberal arts tradition through a distinctive educational philosophy—human ecology. A human ecological perspective integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and from personal experience to investigate—and ultimately improve—the relationships between human beings and our social and natural communities. Open Table MDI is proud to partner with COA on the MDI Food Access Project.
Healthy Acadia’s Downeast Gleaning Initiative helps to reduce food insecurity by coordinating farm-based gleaning opportunities throughout Hancock and Washington counties. They connect volunteers with farms, orchards, farmers’ markets, and community gardens to collect surplus fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. They then manage the distribution of fresh produce to food pantries, community meal sites, rehabilitation programs, school backpack programs, and other community organizations. Open Table MDI is proud to partner with the Downeast Gleaning Initiative on the MDI Food Access Project.