To answer these questions, we need to be more connected to our ending-hunger partners and the community programs that may not offer direct hunger-relief services but interact with the same families and understand the devastating effects hunger can have on families. This includes our state’s United Ways, Community Action Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and other local programs.
We recognize that solutions need to come from community members who know best the local challenges that contribute to hunger and the unique assets that will help solve it. With an expanded network, we can address the big question of “How can we end hunger in this community?”
In 2018, Good Shepherd Food Bank divided Maine into 27 regions and analyzed meal gaps utilizing town-level food insecurity data. Each year, we will select two to three regions where we will convene local experts and identify solutions to their area’s unique food access challenges to close the meal gap. Each region will have the opportunity to develop environmental scans, identify key stakeholders, assess strengths and opportunities, engage with those experiencing food insecurity, and create work plans for ending hunger on the home front.
Food Bank staff and community leaders work together on the following bodies of work:
Once the above has been completed, full project plans for each objective identified will guide the stakeholder group as they move from strategizing to implementing. The funding process is designed by the Community stakeholders participating in the Community-Driven Strategies program. The committee reviews all applications and decides what projects to fund and the level of funding for each.
|1||Lewiston area||Cultivating Communities||Expansion of the Kennedy Park Farmers Market|
|1||Lewiston area||New Mainers Public Health Initiative||Incorporating nutrition education and healthy eating support into the Community Health Worker model and engaging youth and parents as family nutrition and food security leaders throughout the community|
|1||Lewiston area||Somali Bantu Community Association||Building high tunnels and mobile cold storage at their Lewiston farm site|
|1||Portland suburbs||The Locker Project||Launch of school pantries at all schools in the South Portland district|
|1||Portland suburbs||Stroudwater Christian Church Food Pantry||Purchased a cargo van to launch their Last Mile Delivery & Satellite Distribution programs in Portland's suburbs|
|1||Northern Penobscot County||Thrive Penobscot / Millinocket Regional Hospital||Administration and planning phase of the Mobilize Katahdin transportation project|
|1||Northern Penobscot County||Tri-Town Baptist Church Food Pantry||Held a Bridges Out of Poverty training and two 'Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World' training certifications, including participant training incentives, childcare, and training supplies.
Food pantry beautification projects.
|1||Northern Penobscot County||St. Ann's / Penobscot Nation||Supported the direct delivery of food pantry items to homebound community members|
|1||Northern Penobscot County||PENQUIS||Supported a community navigator at Lincoln Regional Food Cupboard|
|2||Washington County||Christine B. Foundation||Food costs associated with their home delivery program for immunocompromised patients|
|2||Washington County||Healthy Acadia||Staffing costs to maintain and continue food security organization community networking efforts including quarterly meetings|
|2||Washington County||Machias Food Pantry||Building costs for a new expanded food pantry facility|
|2||Washington County||Maine Seacoast Mission||Expenses associated with the Family Food Center model|
|2||Washington County||Town of Danforth Food Pantry||Creation of last mile solutions to better serve elders and others, which included the purchase of a used passenger van and creating farmers market vouchers|
|2||Lincoln County||Healthy Lincoln County Community Connector||Staffing for the Community Connector position and additional projects|