November 30th, 2015

A Note from our VISTA

by Amy Crone

We are thrilled to have Will McCabe on our team for one year while he serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA; here is a note from him about what you can do to help our work.


My name is Will McCabe, and I am an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with the Maryland Farmers Market Association (MDFMA). After spending my senior year in college researching food-insecure neighborhoods, I became passionate about fighting the war on poverty through reducing food insecurity and supporting hunger relief.

In Maryland – the wealthiest state in the nation – the food insecurity rate is a staggering 12.5%. The households comprising this percentage either suffer from hunger or struggle at the brink of hunger, a condition which compromises these families’ rights to a healthy, nutritious diet and threatens their health. Cost is often a key barrier to eating recommended quantities of fruits and vegetables.

MDFMA launched the Maryland Market Money program (MMM) in 2013 to address these related issues of food insecurity, hunger, and poor health by promoting healthy choices.  MMM matches federal nutrition benefits spent at 22 Maryland farmers markets, doubling the purchasing power of food-insecure Marylanders to purchase fresh, local, healthy food at farmers markets. These spent dollars go directly to local farmers and producers.

You can help feed families in need this holiday while supporting the local farmers who produced the bounty on your table. Please take a moment to support the Maryland Market Money program today.

With thanks & gratitude,
Will and the MDFMA Team

About the Author Amy Crone Amy Crone

Amy’s passion for food starting in her aunt & uncle’s garden, a lovely log cabin by a NH lake where she first learned to preserve and pickle. She has always wanted to help people, and completed her degrees in international development in hopes of combining this interest with her love of travel. After working in the field of international development, then in federal government, then in a think tank, and then in state government, Amy decided that she wanted to explore explore her entrepreneurial interests. These included: starting a nonprofit (MDFMA), developing a national technology solution to provide farmers market and farmers access to accepting SNAP, building several websites, and becoming a Board member in local organizations. She is happy to be able to follow her passion of improving local food systems and the health of all Marylanders by getting them to buy more fresh local food at Maryland farmers markets. Amy’s other main interests are her husband & 2 children, Crossfitting, and traveling to any location that has interesting and delicious ~preferably local~ food.