Advocating for Change

Good Shepherd Food Bank is committed to advocating on behalf of Mainers facing hunger.

Together with Feeding America, we are working to ensure that:

  1. Food pantries & meal sites across Maine are well-stocked with nutritious food for the clients who depend on their services.
  2. No child in Maine goes without the nutritious food they need.
  3. Families have a solid foundation because they have reliable access to nutritious food.
  4. Mainers have a place to turn to during hard times.

Based on these priorities, we work to engage policymakers and mobilize the public on behalf of vital hunger relief programs. Federal nutrition programs are a crucial safety net for hundreds of thousands of Maine families.

Hannah Semler of Healthy Acadia heads off to glean spinach at Four Season Farm, Harborside, ME

Lawmakers in Augusta need to hear your voice.

Help us advocate for programs and policies that relieve individuals and families struggling to get by. Your voice can and will make a difference.

Contact your local delegates and tell them that Maine needs strong SNAP, General Assistance, school nutrition, and summer meal programs.


Portrait of Congress Woman Chellie Pingree


Portrait of Rep Jared Golden


Senator Susan Collins


Senator Angus King Jr.

Advocacy Advisory Council

The Food Bank created the Advocacy Advisory Council in 2022 to support building our advocacy agendas to address the root causes of hunger, created in collaboration by an equal partnership of people with lived experience, staff, and members from Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Board of Directors and community organizations.

Our Council is currently full; the next application period will begin in 2024. Stay tuned for details.