Community Health & Hunger
Eliminating hunger with healthcare
In partnership with healthcare organizations across Maine, the Community Health and Hunger Program helps clinicians identify food-insecure patients and connects them with the nutritious food they need to live healthy lives.
Through the Community Health and Hunger Program, Good Shepherd Food Bank offers technical training for medical staff on how to screen for food insecurity, resources about where to find food in their service area for patients who are food-insecure, and nutritious grocery items for patients in immediate need to take home from the clinical visit at no cost.
Our impact in healthcare
At risk for hunger
One in seven Mainers lack regular access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life.
Food insecure families report purchasing more affordable but less nutritious food just to have enough.
We have partnered with over 160 healthcare partners across the state to make meals more accessible.
Connected with nutritious and culturally relevant food through their healthcare provider.
Provided to Mainers facing food insecurity.
The impact of this program
“ We are very grateful to be able to participate in the program and feel it is very beneficial to our patients. ”
“ I’ve seen some elderly patients come in for other appointments that utilize the produce bags. I don’t know how they would have gotten food otherwise as they don’t have the transportation. ”
“ Very happy with our partnership with the Food Bank. We have received lots of support in the past that has benefited our community a great deal! ”
“ This project is wonderful. I was unaware of it until my doctor’s visit, and I was so thankful when they told me about it. I was thinking that whole day about what I was going to do for a meal that night, so it answered my prayers. ”
Learn more about how you can better support your patients who are at risk for hunger.
Become a Community Health & Hunger Partner through our Mighty Network.
Food Safety Training
Train to inspect donated and purchased food, and to properly transport, store, and distribute food safely.