Public Statement on Partners status
Helping to alleviate hunger in York County is a challenging task: while the need continues to grow, there are many interested parties and the organizational and funding environment in which they operate is constantly changing. As part of these changes, the Partners for a Hunger Free York County (PfHFYC) is ending business in its current form effective October 31, 2017. Discussions are underway to continue the Partners’ Healthy Pre-School project and Farm Shares work through other organizations. More details will follow as plans are finalized.
We want to thank all the collaborators, project volunteers, schools, and community organizations that have worked with Partners these past six years to alleviate hunger in York County. These include:
- United Way of York County
- York County Shelter Programs
- York County Community Action Corporation
- Southern Maine Agency on Aging
- The former Healthy Maine Partnerships in York County
- McDougal Orchards
- University of Maine Cooperative Extension
- Maine CDC/York District Liaison Office
- Maine DOE Nutrition Program
- York County food pantries
- Good Shepherd Food Bank
- SNAP Program University of New England
- York County schools and recreation programs
- Girl Scouts of Maine
Special thanks go to Kristine Jenkins, who developed and guided our programs for several years. We are proud of the work we have all done since our founding in 2011, especially related to childhood and senior hunger, and we expect the strong work done by the Partner organizations and programs will continue to strike at the heart of hunger in York County.
To that end, discussions are underway to continue both the Partners’ Healthy pre-School Project and the Farm Shares work through other organizations.
Additionally, plans are being made to share the network’s experience and possibly develop areas of cooperation with the York District Public Health Council, which has had nutrition and obesity as a priority concern for several years. There is also an intention to re-convene the Partners network in an informal setting, such as existed before the Partners was formally organized in 2011.
Partners for Hunger Free York County Advisory Committee
Barbara Wentworth, spokesperson