Good Shepherd Food Bank and its network of 500+ agency partners—including food pantries and meal sites—continue to operate to meet increased need during the pandemic.
If you can help, we encourage you to make a gift to support our ongoing COVID-19 response.
If you need help, visit the “Find Food” section of our website to find a local resource, and be sure to check our continually updated list of food pantry updates and closures.
#MainersHelpingMainers makes all the difference.
When our neighbors are struggling, Good Shepherd Food Bank is there—every day of the year—and we’ve been here for nearly 40 years. But, like you, we’ve never seen times quite like these.
Hunger across Maine is climbing due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study, which uses the most recent data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Census Bureau, food insecurity levels in Maine could increase by as much as 40 percent in 2020, depending on the sustained growth in rates of unemployment and poverty.
The needs and challenges of this pandemic are staggering and we continue to serve the state of Maine, as we always have, thanks to the support of generous donors. With support from more than 13,000 generous Mainers, we’ve responded to the pandemic in the following ways:
We encourage Mainers to check on their neighbors and vulnerable community members to ensure they have a plan for accessing food, medicine, and other supplies. Should Mainers need help securing food, visit the “Find Food” section of our website to find a local resource.
We are also seeking increased and flexible funding to meet the needs of all Mainers who are struggling—children, seniors, families, and individuals who are most at-risk. Our response will serve all communities and will be coordinated with local partners and resources with the greatest level of efficiency possible.
Funds donated to support our COVID-19 response will be used for immediate needs and will help the Food Bank and its hunger-relief partners provide essential support in the months to come as we all recover from the economic impacts of this crisis. Our estimated COVID-related direct expenses through June are exceeding $6 million.
Your donations are needed to help:
Our neighbors need us now—please donate to our COVID-19 response today.