University of Maine Cooperative Extension food systems professionals Kate McCarty, Cumberland County, and Viña Lindley, Waldo County, were recently honored at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences’ 88th Annual Session which was held September 12-15 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

McCarty and Lindley received first place in the Eastern Region NEAFCS Mary W. Wells Memorial Diversity Award. They were recognized for a home food preservation education program offered to inmates at Maine State Prison with the goal of building personal sustainability through food safety and preservation skills .

The Mary W. Wells Memorial Diversity Award is given in support of the Cooperative Extension System’s focus on diversity and pluralism – a national program to respond to the changing workforce, population and popularization audience. The award is named to honor contributions to diversity for the association and the profession by Mary Wells, Past President of NEAFCS. McCarty and Lindley’s commitment to meeting the needs of individuals, families and communities has been cited as exemplary.

For more information, contact Kate McCarty, 207.781.6099; [email protected]. More information about the program is also available on the UMaine Extension Maine Food Systems website.