Puranjot grew up in Coventry, Rhode Island, and moved to MDI in 1998 to attend College of the Atlantic, where she graduated with a focus in education and adolescent psychology. She has worked as an educator and community builder in numerous settings over the past 14-years, including the MDI Bio Lab, the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, College of the Atlantic, and currently as the Managing Director of an international yoga teacher association. She is the co-founder of Open Table MDI, with her husband, Mahandeva Singh. They reside in Bar Harbor with their three teenage children and dog, Luna.
WHY I CHOOSE TO SERVE
Open Table MDI was born from the idea that ALL people should have access to the food they want and need. We know that Maine ranks 3rd in the nation, and 1st in New England, for very low food security and that 16.4% of households in Maine lack access to enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle (a rate significantly higher than the national average). In Hancock County, the rate of food insecurity is slightly lower (13.8%), but still above the national average. Solutions to hunger are complex. Poverty, unemployment, low wages, and escalating housing costs all contribute to the challenges that the most vulnerable residents of our island face.
I believe food can be a powerful tool to foster health, belonging, and justice in our community. I have the privilege of serving Open Table MDI and am committed to leveraging the resources and contributions that have been generously made to our organization so that this important work can continue for years to come.