UMaine local food commitment mentioned in Credit Union Times article
A Credit Union Times article about a new credit union to open next year mentioned the University of Maine’s commitment to sourcing local food. Maine Harvest Credit Project will be the state’s 56th credit union, and the country’s first to lend exclusively to farmers and food entrepreneurs, the article states. UMaine has committed to purchase 20 percent of food served on campus from local farmers and food producers by 2020, Credit Union Times reported. A 2016 survey found that 80 percent of respondents in Maine would buy locally produced food over other food if given the choice. But there is a financing gap among Maine farmers and food producers, and the new credit union will seek to address that and make producing local food more accessible.