We are pleased to announce that James DeBiasi will be joining the MFFM team as our new SNAP Program Coordinator. Currently living and working in OR, Jimmy will be relocating to Maine next month. Expect to see Jimmy visiting Maine Harvest Bucks markets and related meetings beginning in June.
The SNAP Program Coordinator is primarily responsible for the oversight and implementation of farmers’ markets SNAP and SNAP nutrition incentive programs at markets throughout the state. Jimmy will be working with markets at varying degrees to assist with the implementation, operation and growth of SNAP and incentive programs. He will also manage relevant grant budgets and reports and seek opportunities for additional funding.
Jimmy will be based out of MFFM’s Pittsfield offices, and will be spearheading the Maine Harvest Bucks program at all 35 participating markets, even while he gets to know the Maine landscape and our farmers’ market network. We are looking forward to welcoming him to the Federation, and hope you will join us in helping him get to know Maine’s farms and farmers’ markets!
During his college years at the University of Vermont, Jimmy pursued classes and work experiences that entrenched him in agriculture, food systems, and community development work. Jimmy spent a year as an AmeriCorps in rural Missouri where he launched an online farmers market and spearheaded garden-based education programming at local schools and low-income communities. Most recently, he worked as a volunteer organizer and development professional at a major social services nonprofit in Portland, Oregon. Jimmy is excited to take root in Maine and help strengthen farmer livelihood and fresh food access for all with his role as SNAP Project Coordinator at MFFM.
Beginning May 18, 2017, Jimmy may be reached by email: [email protected]