The Campaign to
We have marked a successful end of the Campaign to End Hunger in Maine. Thank you for helping us make progress towards our bold goal. Your support makes it possible for us to take risks, aim high, and maximize our impact in making Maine a stronger, more resilient place to live.
In 2015, we set a bold goal: By 2025, all Mainers experiencing food insecurity will have access to the nutritious, culturally relevant food they need, when and where they need it. In doing so, we will help stabilize the lives of people facing hunger, 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 set a bold goal to raise $250 million and close Maine’s meal gap.
Our unprecedented campaign has raised more than $100 million in cash and pledges and over $150 million worth of donated food; exceeding the goal to raise $250 million for the ongoing fight to end hunger in Maine.
Together we have also successfully built the capacity and scale needed to close Maine’s meal gap, with an expected distribution of 31.5 million meals in the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2023. This is a key milestone in our journey to end hunger in Maine and the core tenet of our strategic plan that underpinned the campaign’s ambitions.
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 food
- Invest in existing community partners through direct grants
- Develop new partnerships and models for community food access
- Advocate for public policy that improves food access for all Mainers
Across all of its strategies, the Food Bank will focus on equity for communities of color, which are disproportionately affected by hunger, and inclusion of community members who have lived experience with hunger.
Mainers experiencing hunger
Children facing hunger
Counties at-risk of hunger
Raised in our statewide campaign
Invested in increasing food access
Granted directly to community partners
“ 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. ”