Federal assistance for Maine residents
We assist federal programs to be more accessible at a local level.
We assist federal USDA Commodity Foods Programs to support Maine residents with the nutrient-dense food necessary for a healthy life. Through these programs, we are able to pack and distribute 6,000-9,000 boxes of supplemental foods every month to individuals and families across our state.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of people ages 60+ by supplementing their diets with the nutritious USDA commodity foods they need to live healthier lives.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a USDA commodity food program for families at risk of hunger. We work closely with The Maine Department of Agriculture to distribute to local hunger relief agencies.
Good Shepherd Food Bank established the Community Redistribution Fund to provide grants directly to grassroots organizations led by and primarily serving communities of color to source and distribute culturally important food.
Neighbors select fruit at a partner agency.
Boxes of school supplies ready to be distributed.
Neighbors select items.
Volunteers pack CSFP boxes.
A neighbor selects fresh produce.
Volunteers pack CSFP boxes with canned food in the Hannaford Center.
“ In the world of food sourcing, nutrition is our secret superpower! Our team is passionate about ensuring that the foods we source are not only delicious but also packed with essential nutrients. ”– Team Member Sourcing Team
“ Sourcing culturally relevant and nutritious foods isn’t a job for us; it’s a passion. By embracing diversity and understanding the unique dietary needs of our communities, we’re making a meaningful impact in the fight against food insecurity. ”– Team Member Sourcing Team
“ As a team member in the sourcing department, my mission is to seek out the most vibrant ingredients available to us. By sourcing foods that reflect the tastes and preferences of our communities, we’re not just providing sustenance; we’re fostering a sense of belonging and connection throughout Maine. ”– Team Member Sourcing Team