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Hannaford Supermarkets will donate to 100 Maine farms

Jun 23, 2020

SCARBOROUGH — Hannaford Supermarkets will provide funding to 100 Maine farms to help them navigate challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis. That donation is part of a larger effort by Hannaford, of $250,000, to support farms throughout New England and New York, adversely impacted by the coronavirus global health pandemic. In addition to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Massachusetts will receive funding via the American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund. The donation will directly support small local farmers and producers who have experienced market disruptions as their primary buyers and points of sale, including farmers markets, restaurants and schools, have closed or drastically decreased operations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“As a company founded by Maine farmers more than 137 years ago, Hannaford has deep connections to the agriculture industry,” said Hannaford Supermarkets President Mike Vail. “We have long highlighted locally-grown products in all of our stores and this donation is an extension of our commitment to the farmers and producers who serve such an integral role in nourishing our communities, preserving farmland and encouraging sustainability. We hope this donation will support farmers during this difficult time and enable them to continue providing high-quality, fresh food to our communities for years to come.”

Since its inception in March, the American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund has provided funding to more than 1,000 local farms throughout the U.S. The grants are designed to provide farmers with resources to modify their business model to serve the current marketplace, such as creating new online storefronts and socially-distant distribution sites, or enhancing safety precautions and sanitary practices for workers.

“American Farmland Trust is grateful for Hannaford’s support of the Farmer Relief Fund. Their investment in 250 farms across New England and New York comes at a critical time," said American Farmland Trust Director of Corporate Partnerships Ryan Lauer. “With many farmers facing reduced traffic at farmers markets, fewer sales to restaurants and an uncertain future - Hannaford is helping to stabilize operations for farmers that produce a diverse set of products and put food on our tables, a community well worth the investment."

Donations to the American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund can be made at farmland.salsalabs.org/farmerrelieffund/index.html.

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