Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Food Mobile program allows us to expand our outreach to Maine’s neediest and most underserved families. Designed to be a low-barrier distribution, our mobile pantry visits communities whose demand for emergency and supplemental food has outgrown the capacity of local food pantries. Sadly, during these difficult times, that description covers almost every city and town in our network.
“People were very grateful to get the food items. This was our first food mobile and it was well received by all participants. Several folks said what a boost it was for them.” Crystal Cook, United Methodist Economic Ministry
To help address these expanding service gaps, our mobile pantry hit the road nearly 160 times in 2014, covering every county in the state and delivering an unprecedented 840,000 pounds of food.
Thank you to the following sponsors that support the Food Mobile program:
Senior Food Mobile
Nearly one in three Americans age 65 years or older live in low income households. Nearly half of older Americans will encounter at least one year of poverty between the ages of 60 and 90. To make matters even more difficult, healthcare and housing costs in Maine are high, and place a huge strain on the fixed budgets of many of our seniors.
All of these factors contribute to senior food insecurity in Maine. Unfortunately, our state has the highest rate of senior food insecurity in all of New England, leaving over 5% of our seniors unsure of where their next meal will come from, or if it will be enough.
“This is a wonderful program. We recently had our food stamps cut down $120. Our income hasn’t gone up at all, so it’s been tough. But we have to eat, and programs like this are a big help.” – Senior living in Sanford
The Senior Food Mobile visits low-income senior housing complexes and other sites where seniors congregate to deliver nutritious food like fresh vegetables, fruits, and meats. The first Senior Food Mobiles are being offered in York County.
Thank you to the following sponsors that supports the Senior Food Mobile program:
For more information on Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Food Mobile Programs, please contact Kathy Helming, VP of Community Partnerships, at (207) 782-3554 ext. 1119 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.