Good Shepherd Food Bank has recently partnered with the school to provide 40,000 pounds of apples to Mainers facing hunger in Aroostook County. Our partner, Catholic Charities, assists the Food Bank with this initiative by distributing apples from the farm weekly to the community. One vital supporter of this work is MMG Insurance.
On our visit, we met Farm Manager John Hoffses, a few student workers, and Stacy Shaw, Chief Information Officer at MMG Insurance, joined us for the tour. We learned that Stacy has a longstanding connection to the farm.
“I planted some of the first apple trees in the orchard! I grew up in a farming family and have ties to this school. My stepfather was superintendent for many years and helped start the school farming program. So, it’s been fun to watch it grow, and I love seeing its success,” shared Stacy Shaw.
Stacy expressed his excitement for the farm’s growth and its new partnership. “We’re excited about this opportunity. Community engagement is one of our core values at MMG Insurance, as are family and integrity, and several other core values that are instrumental to us. This was an opportunity to work in Maine, our headquarters here in Presque Isle, and to partner with a great organization that’s doing wonderful work, and it supports our local community, right here in Presque Isle,” stated Shaw.
MMG EVP/COO, Matt McHatten also shared his excitement for the partnership,“We are so pleased to see the partnership between Good Shepherd Food Bank, MSAD #1 School Farm, and Catholic Charities in Aroostook County develop and thrive, and MMG is proud to play a part in developing and supporting this partnership. There’s a great deal of value in this partnership, supporting Good Shepherd Food Bank, educating the student workers at the MSAD #1 School Farm about food insecurity, supporting the School Farm’s programs, and providing fresh and local produce to hunger-relief organizations across Aroostook County which support our friends and neighbors experiencing hunger. We hope other businesses across Maine partner with the Food Bank to replicate this model and craft similar partnerships which reap numerous benefits for all involved parties.”