News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 3, 2013
Free veggies and books for all
Magic Food Bus returns for a third year of Peninsula deliveries

The Magic Food Bus

The Magic Food Bus will deliver fresh produce and good reads at 12 locations throughout the Peninsula and Island this summer, including Tuesdays in Blue Hill and Fridays in Sedgwick.

Photo courtesy of Healthy Peninsula

by Anne Berleant

The Magic Food Bus, a program of Blue Hill-based Healthy Peninsula, returns for its third year, bringing weekly deliveries of fresh produce and good summer reads on its “magic” food bus.

“Healthy Peninsula has secured funding to implement this program in 12 locations,” wrote director Denise Black in a recent email.

Five of those locations are in Deer Isle and Stonington, where Wes Norton of the Island Institute will ride the bus on its weekly Thursday stops.

Four Seasons, Backstage, Blue Zee, Old Ackley and Del Rio farms will supply the veggies, along with produce from the DISES school garden and donations from private Island gardens. The Island Culinary and Ecological Center will provide sample dishes and recipes. All leftover food will be donated to the Island Food Pantry.

In a collaboration with Ready by 21, elementary school students will receive book bags with materials for the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School summer learning program, and students can check out books and pick up new math activities for the Summer Math and Reading Challenge.

Partners for the Deer Isle-Stonington Magic Food Bus are DISES, The Island Institute, Stonington Public Library and Chase Emerson Memorial.

The overall program is funded by Healthy Peninsula, The Jessie B. Cox Trust and The Richard S. Petty Foundation .

Magic Food Bus schedule

Thursdays, from July 11 to August 22, rain or shine. Stops last for 40 minutes

1 p.m. DISHS parking lot

2 p.m. Deer Run Apartments parking lot

3 p.m. Sunshine Church

4 p.m. Stonington Manor parking lot

5 p.m. Island Community Center