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The City of Gardiner, once a thriving industrial center, has struggled in recent decades. Unemployment in Gardiner exceeds that of the local area and the County. The population has declined over 14% since 1990 and poverty rates among households with children has risen. Food stamp usage for households in the area was over 75% higher than the national average last year. Although there are many issues that exist, these statistics highlight the importance of better food security, the value of a strong local food system, and the need for a strong community that can work together to change and grow. The community needs access to affordable food, access to better food, access to food education, and access to a community space where all of these very important things can happen together. Food cooperatives are one of the best and most sustainable ways to address these needs but there are currently none within a 26-mile radius of the City. Gardiner needs a food cooperative!