Maine Hunger-relief Agencies Receive $350,000 in Grants from Good Shepherd Food Bank

Maine Hunger-relief Agencies Receive $350,000 in Grants from Good Shepherd Food Bank

Capacity Building Grants awarded to partner agencies to make improvements

Good Shepherd Food Bank is pleased to announce the recipients of their first community-led Capacity Building Grant Awards. The purpose of the grant program is to support the Food Bank’s partner network in increasing food access in local communities through organizational and financial stability, program quality, and growth.

“A food program’s capacity for greater service to its clients and the wider community is not limited to access to food. The Capacity Building Grants allows our partner agencies to ‘dream a little,’ to think about what is needed to help them feed more people nutritious food efficiently,” stated Shannon Coffin, vice president of Community Partnerships at Good Shepherd Food Bank. “Pantries can use the funds for reach-in coolers, walk-in refrigerators, shelving, increasing access times, food safety, technology, transportation, or any other project they know will improve their effectiveness.”

While this is not the first year for the grant program, it is the first time the program used a community-led selection model.

“A long-term goal of the Capacity Building Grants program is to transfer decision-making power to the grantees using our community-led grant-making model,” Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank added. “We are grateful to members of our Network Advisory Council and our Community Partnerships Board Committee for their engagement throughout the process and for their valuable input and expertise in the decision-making process.”

This round of grants represents the largest financial investment in agency capacity ever done through a single grant opportunity.

For a full list of the 57 partner agency grantees and their projects, please see below.

Award list:

Adopt-A-Block of Aroostook, Aroostook County

    • To support a trailer, carts, cones, signage, safety equipment, and refrigeration

Amistad, Cumberland County

    • To support two horizontal freezers

At a Bend in the Road, Oxford County

    • To support the rental of a 20 foot U-Haul for 21 weeks

Augusta Food Bank, Kennebec County

    • To support the purchase and installation of floor scale

Bar Harbor Food Pantry, Hancock County

    • To increase of staffing capacity

Bethel District Exchange/Food Pantry, Bethel Food Pantry, Oxford County

    • To increase cold storage capacity

Bon Appetit Community Meal Program, York County

    • To support food sovereignty projects that focus on traditionally cultivated foods, and distribution of traditional foods from Wabanaki producers for distributions through tribal food pantries

Bread of Life Ministries, Kennebec County

    • To purchase and install a walk-in freezer

Brewer Area Food Pantry OHI, Penobscot County

    • To purchase equipment and to complete renovations

Chelsea Food Bank, Kennebec County

    • To increase storage equipment and upgrading heating system

Church Community Outreach Services, York County

    • To purchase a mix of new and used equipment for new pantry location

Come Spring Food Pantry

    • To support the distribution of culturally relevant food to immigrant women and children

Common Good Soup Kitchen, Hancock County

    • To purchase totes and ice packs

Community Lunch Norway, Oxford County

    • To purchase additional refrigeration for produce

Corinna UMC Food Pantry, Penobscot County

    • To purchase a double hung oversized window replacement door, cart pallet jack delivery

Dover-Foxcroft Area Food Cupboard, Dover-Foxcroft

    • To purchase stainless steel work tables

Evening Sandwich Program, Kennebec County

    • To support the purchase of a commercial door with panic bar and glass window

Footprints Food Pantry, York County

    • To support refrigeration, air purifiers and a vacuum sealer

Friendship-Cushing Food Pantry, Knox County

    • To purchase thermal blankets

Grace Interfaith Food Table (GIFT), Aroostook County

    • To purchase and install an air conditioner, CoolBot and SensorPush Wi-Fi Gateway system

H.O.M.E. Inc., Hancock County

    • To support shelving, tables and cold storage

Hampden Neighborhood Food Cupboard, Penobscot County

    • To support plowing, a pop-up tent with sides and traffic safety vests

High Street Food Pantry, Androscoggin County

    • To purchase and install a reach-in freezer

Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry, Lincoln County

    • To support the purchase of coolers, carts and outreach materials

Kaydenz Kitchen Food Pantry, Androscoggin County

    • To support the purchase of a used vehicle and expand the delivery program

Limestone Ecumenical Food Pantry, Aroostook County

    • To purchase rolling shelving and a cart

Lisbon Area Christian Outreach, Androscoggin County

    • To support refrigeration, outreach materials and a phone

Little River Food Pantry, Waldo County

    • To address safety issues

Lubec Community Outreach Center, Washington County

    • To purchase and install a large capacity fridge/cooler and a heavy-duty platform cart

New Beginnings, Inc., Androscoggin County

    • To increase food storage, mobile food delivery and freezer upgrades

North Monmouth Food Pantry, Kennebec County

    • To purchase refrigerators, freezers, rolling carts, and portable rolling conveyor belts

Orient Food Pantry, Aroostook County

    • To purchase tables and utility cart

Oxford Helping Hands, Oxford County

    • To support U-Haul rentals

Palmyra Baptist Worship Center Soup Kitchen, Somerset County

    • To purchase freezers, a fridge and shelving

Patten Community Food Cupboard, Penobscot County

    • To support the purchase of a utility trailer, including registration and program advertising graphics

Sacred Heart/St Dominic’s Food Pantry, Cumberland County

    • To replace the upright freezer

Sidney Baptist Comm. Food Pantry, Kennebec County

    • To support refrigeration

St. Ann’s/Penobscot Food Pantry, Penobscot County

    • To support the purchase of shelving, rolling carts, refrigerator, and cool bags

St. Charles Food & St. Mary’s Food Pantry: St. John Vianney Parish, Aroostook County

    • To support the purchase of a dual axel covered cargo trailer

St. Luke’s Food Pantry, Cumberland County

    • To purchase and install a commercial grader refrigerator and freezer combination unit

St. Mary’s in Houlton, Aroostook County

    • To support the purchase of cold storage units and shelving

St. Peter Chanel (Van Buren) Food Pantry, Aroostook County

    • To support the purchase of work tables, rolling storage rack, folding platform truck, conveyor system, storage bins, refrigerator-freezers, and safety vests

St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, Cumberland County

    • To support the purchase of a vehicle

Starks Food Cupboard, Somerset

    • To support refrigeration

Steep Falls Country Church Soup Kitchen, Cumberland

    • To support replacing the roof of the dining room area

Sumner Food Bank, Oxford County

    • To build an 88 sq. ft. addition

Sweden Food Pantry, Oxford County

    • To purchase a used van

Town of Danforth, Washington County

    • To support the construction of an awning and thermal food container covers

Trinity Jubilee Center, Androscoggin County

    • To prepare the facility to safely and efficiently serve guests during the winter months

VCF-Bread of Life Food Pantry, Androscoggin County

    • To support the purchase of a vehicle

Vineyard Church Of Greater Portland, Cumberland County

    • To purchase freezers

Waldoboro Food Pantry, Lincoln County

    • To support a drive-through communication system, including website creation and a laptop equipped with necessary software and service contract

White Memorial Food Pantry, Cumberland County

    • To purchase a walk-in cooler

Winslow Community Cupboard, Kennebec County

    • To purchase and install a walk-in freezer

Winthrop Food Pantry, Kennebec County

    • To purchase hand warmers, a pop-up tent and air purifiers

York Community Service Association Food Pantry, York County

    • To purchase and install a window and air curtain

York County Shelter Programs, York County

York county shelter programs inc., York County

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