BREAKING NEWS
~ October 2022 ~
HCCA Receives Maine Prevention Network Grant Award for Maine's Central District!
Healthy Communities of the Capital Area will be the Central Public Health District (Kennebec & Somerset Counties) Lead for the Maine Prevention Network!

The Maine Prevention Network is a statewide initiative to implement community-level primary prevention strategies leading to chronic disease prevention.

This award will fund HCCA's core work in the coming years. Strategies will focus on reducing tobacco and other nicotine products use and exposure, substance misuse reduction, and increasing opportunities for healthy eating and active living. 

Activities will kick off in January, beginning with an environmental scan to identify the greatest areas of need. 
Maine Marinara Collaborative selected for the Henry P. Kendall Foundation
New England Food Vision Prize
We won! As a 2022 New England Food Vision Prize winner, Maine Farm to Institution at Healthy Communities of the Capital Area is partnering with ME Farm & Sea Cooperative, ME Food Group, and Isuken Cooperative, and several food-buying institutions including K-12 schools to strengthen the region’s food system.

The $200,000 prize from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation will bring together supply chain partners to produce a regionally-sourced, Maine-processed marinara sauce for use in schools and other institutions.

The New England Food Vision Prize from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation is designed to accelerate progress towards the New England Food Vision, a regional goal to produce at least 50% of New England’s own food by 2060, while supporting healthy food for all, sustainable farming and fishing, and creating thriving communities.

One high-leverage strategy to accelerate the region towards this goal is to unlock the market power of large food purchasers, like educational institutions and school districts. The Prize is designed to support ideas that result in higher procurement of regional food by institutions, more regional food in school kitchens and student meals, and increased demand for regional food by students and their families.

HCCA Welcomes Shelley Lewton as
new Communications Coordinator
Shelley Lewton is HCCA's new Communications Coordinator! Shelley works with HCCA's food systems and healthy eating and active living teams to help plan events and share news and information with the community.

Shelley has a degree in Communication Studies and advanced education in Organic Farming and Agriculture. She is a livestock farmer who has raised pigs, sheep, chickens, dairy cows, and flowers with her partner, Ben.

Shelley has worked in the fields of law, education, nonprofits, and agriculture. Working on behalf of marginalized populations for greater access to food, health, education, and well-being is the work that inspires her. She is active in the larger conversation for systems change within agriculture and food access.

In her free time, Shelley loves spending time hiking near the ocean, finding shells, and exploring marine ecology. She also loves wood—sanding, shaping, and building projects, which she does with Ben. Lastly, she loves looking for eagles and owls in the fields that surround her home.


Welcome Shelley - we are so happy to have you join our team!  
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