The Waldo County Extension Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, beginning at 5:45 p.m., at the Waldo County Technical Center located at 1022 Waterville Road in Waldo. The meeting will begin with some local food snacks prepared by the Waldo County Technical Center Culinary arts students.

The theme of this year’s annual meeting will be to highlight some very successful local food projects that help community members throughout Waldo County. Representatives from several programs, including Maine Harvest for the Hungry, Veggies for All and the Waldo County Re-entry Garden project will be on hand to highlight their programs and discuss how others can get involved to help facilitate getting healthy nutritious food to people in need.

Waldo County extension executive committee members have been discussing local food security as part of the plan of work process for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. UMaine Extension is one of many area agencies that provide community and economic development services to the citizenry of Waldo County by putting research-based knowledge to work in the homes, businesses, farms, and communities of each county.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension functions under a system that draws its directions from local needs. County executive committees formed of local citizens who represent the population of each county, work with their Extension staff to assess and prioritize the educational needs of the county residents.

The prioritized needs form the basis of county and state plans of work. To make sure the work of the UMaine Extension in Waldo County meets local needs, County residents are encouraged to attend this meeting to hear about the successful programs addressing food security and get involved in programs in their community.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goal. Any person who needs accommodations to attend this program should contact Rick Kersbergen at 1-800-287-1426 to discuss their needs or call Extension’s TDD number at 1-800-287-8957.

For more information and to learn more about the services available at the UMaine Extension in Waldo County contact Rick Kersbergen (richard.kersbergen@maine.edu) or Jane Haskell (jane.haskell@maine.edu) at 1-800-287-1426.