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St. Mary's Health System in Maine Receives Prestigious $100,000 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service
Date:1/13/2009

The St. Mary's Food Pantry - One of the largest emergency food pantries in New England, this food pantry has provided emergency food assistance to local residents for more than 25 years. Operating five days a week, this pantry served more than 17,500 individuals in 2007, more than 10,600 of whom were families. The pantry also educates families on food purchasing, nutritious eating, and cooking.

-- Lots to Gardens - This community- and youth-driven program leverages urban agriculture to teach community members how to grow their own food, provide affordable access to fresh food, live healthier lifestyles and involve youth as leaders. Since its inception in 1999, program participants have built 15 community gardens and green spaces in four diverse Lewiston neighborhoods, growing more than 19,000 pounds of organic produce for low-income community members.

-- Take Charge - Since its inception, this community outreach program has provided more than 6,300 individuals with low-cost health screenings and health care referrals, helping overcome barriers to good health including lack of health insurance, poverty and lack of transportation.

"St. Mary's Health System embraces the vision of its founders to 'do what needs to be done,' whether or not the task is characteristic of a health care system. With a dedication to leveraging financial and human resources to meet community needs in a culturally sensitive manner, St. Mary's addresses a wide range of issues," said Manilow. "Whether creating new, affordable housing, establishing a much needed outreach center for health and community services, addressing the health issues of a growing Somali population or meeting community nutritional needs, St. Mary's provides invaluable social and health care services to its community under outstanding leadership."

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