The Campaign to
Thank you for making the campaign a success!
The campaign ended in June of 2023 and its success was made possible through the partnership of many, including the more than 50,000 donors who helped raise more than $162 million in donated food and nearly $105 million in funds – for a total of $267 million raised over four years.
Read on to learn more about our landmark campaign and its impact on the lives of people across Maine.
The evolution of the bold goal
Our path to the Campaign to End Hunger in Maine began after an extensive strategic planning process that would inform our work in the decade to follow. After coming off several years of growth, we wanted to be more proactive in our approach and shift from year-to-year planning to long-term thinking. We went from asking ourselves “what can we do this year based on these resources” to “what does Maine need us to be”?
Which is why in 2015 Good Shepherd Food Bank created a bold goal where by 2025 all food insecure Mainers would have access to the nutritious, culturally relevant food they need, when and where they need it. In doing so, it would help stabilize the lives of the people we serve, reduce the impact of hunger in our state, and make Maine a stronger, more resilient place to work and live.
To achieve those aspirations, we aimed to raise $250 million in both food and monetary donations to close Maine’s meal gap – the annual number of statewide meals missing from households after accounting for food purchased with individual resources or accessed through the federal safety net.
With you by our side, and together with our network of over 600 partners across the state, the Food Bank successfully built the capacity and scale needed to close Maine’s meal gap in June 2023 for the first time in our 40+ year history.
Advancing our priorities
With your partnership and philanthropic support, we made significant progress on the top priorities and ambitions of the Campaign to End Hunger.
- Increase access to more nutritious and culturally relevant food – Over $165 million from large-scale food donations and almost $53 million of campaign cash, has been invested in meeting the need for food for today.
- Advocate and ensure equity – Nearly $9 million dollars has been invested in providing equitable, long-term solutions.
- Invest in innovative solutions – Nearly $14.5 million was used to invest in innovative solutions.
- Build a safety net – Over $8 million was used to build a safety net, ensuring we can continue to innovate sustainably in times of diminished resources or increased community needs.
impact at a glance
Meals distributed over the four-year campaign
Pounds of culturally relevant foods
Meals included products from farm partners
Granted directly to community partners
Invested in increasing food access
Raised in our statewide campaign
“ In the 42 years since Hannaford Supermarkets helped found the Food Bank with JoAnn Pike, we’ve never seen a need like there is today. Let’s not let another generation pass us by. Let’s end hunger now. ”Mike Vail President of Hannaford Supermarkets
Since 1981, Good Shepherd Food Bank has led the fight against hunger in Maine
“ Good Shepherd Food Bank’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities. Supporters should feel confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly. ”
“ Giving back is at the foundation of what we do – and making this donation, which is designated to agency partners in our service area – is, quite simply, the right thing to do at this moment. ”
“ The Ludcke Foundation was committed to Good Shepherd Food Bank’s ambitious work prior to the pandemic, and we are proud to be continuing our support as the state of Maine rebounds from the lingering economic impact of COVID-19. ”
“ Under its community-driven strategies approach, Good Shepherd acts as a convener and neutral facilitator, allowing communities to decide how to use Good Shepherd’s funding to close their meal gaps. ”