How We Help

We are uniquely positioned to efficiently gather and distribute the tens of millions of pounds of food needed to supply hunger relief agencies throughout the state.

Just this past year, we distributed 24 million meals to Mainers in need through our network of local partner agencies. We partner with more than 400 local organizations – food pantries, meal sites, schools, senior centers, and more – from Kittery to Fort Kent. Together, we’re providing nutritious food to Mainers who are struggling to make ends meet. We’re also working on long-term solutions to break the cycle of poverty and food insecurity. Take a look at our programs to learn more.

Advocacy

Good Shepherd Food Bank is committed to advocating on behalf of Mainers who are struggling with hunger. Our public policy goals are based on our values and mission. 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.

Raise Your Voice:

Help us advocate for programs and policies that bring relief to individuals and families struggling to get by. Your voice can, and will, make a difference. Contact your U.S. Congressional Delegates to let them know you support full funding for SNAP (food stamps) and other federal nutrition programs.

Lawmakers in Augusta need to know that your support

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

CONTACT YOUR SENATOR

CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE

Learn More

Need more information about federal nutrition programs? Feeding America offers additional information about how these crucial programs help support families and reduce hunger nationwide.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

National School Lunch Program

Summer Food Service Program

Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Overview of all federal anti-hunger programs

Nutrition

The many people who are served by Good Shepherd Food Bank’s partner agencies are often unable to access or afford the variety and quantity of foods needed for a healthful diet. The Food Bank is dedicated to providing quality, nutritious foods to help fight hunger in Maine.

Our Mission

The mission of Good Shepherd Food Bank is to eliminate hunger in Maine by sourcing and distributing nutritious food to people in need, building strong community partnerships, and mobilizing the public in the fight to end hunger.