The purpose of the Community Redistribution Fund is to support organizations’ efforts to address the disproportionate impact of food insecurity and increase access to culturally relevant foods to communities of color, immigrant, and refugee communities in Maine. This grant is intended for organizations led by and working primarily with communities of color, immigrant, and refugee communities.
Priority will be given to community-led organizations and efforts led by and primarily serving people of color. Previous grantees are encouraged to apply.
To ensure equitable redistribution, the tiered approach below addresses varying levels of need across Maine. Applicants can only apply for one (1) of the grants listed below and are encouraged to consider which grant fits their needs and project proposal.
Use of grant funds can include but are not limited to: the purchase of food for direct distribution or meal preparation; gift cards/credits to culturally specific markets for community members; food sovereignty projects; farming/agriculture projects; transportation; storage; and distribution costs.
Up to 20% of grant funds may be used for general operating expenses. If you have questions about particular expenses, please contact Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Community Redistribution Fund program lead, Marpheen Chann (email@example.com) to discuss.
Additional information about the 2023 grant cycle will be available shortly. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Marpheen Chann (MChann@GSFB.org).
Eligible organizations/projects must be based in Maine and contribute to a more just and equitable food system. Grassroots, community-led organizations and coalitions, fiscally-sponsored, and collaborative projects are encouraged to apply. Please note that individuals are not eligible to receive grant funds.
To ensure that CRF grant funds are redistributed to organizations led by and primarily working with communities of color, immigrant, and refugee communities, the organization must meet one of the following:
Good Shepherd Food Bank recognizes that poverty and food insecurity disproportionately impact people of color, and is committed to leveraging its power as the largest hunger-relief organization in the state to redistribute resources directly to organizations and coalitions committed to meeting the needs of immigrants, refugees, Indigenous communities, and communities of color.
The CRF Community Table, grant review committee, is comprised of Food Bank program staff and previous Community Redistribution Fund grantees. Join us at the table!
To learn more about the Community Redistribution Fund read our blog posts, here.
For questions about the grant program and application, please contact Good Shepherd Food Bank’s CRF Team:
|Immigrant Resource Center of Maine (formerly United Somali Women of Maine)||Cumberland County, Lewiston||Provide culturally relevant food|
|Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (MIRC)||Cumberland County, Lewiston, Augusta, Saco/Biddeford, Millbridge||Provide culturally relevant food|
|United Youth Empowerment Services & Masjid Al Salaam||Lewiston||Support a new food pantry at Masjid Al Salaam on Bartlett Street in Lewiston|
|Golden Opportunity||Lewiston/Auburn||Support the distribution of culturally relevant food to elderly and disabled Somali community members in the greater Lewiston/Auburn area|
|Capital Area New Mainers Project||Augusta/Central Maine||Support the distribution of Eid boxes for families in the greater Augusta area|
|Mano en Mano||Downeast||Support the distribution of culturally-specific boxes of food both for families that live year-round in the region and for single migrant workers who are arriving in May for blueberries and seafood processing|
|Angolan Community of Maine (ACM)||Statewide||Support the purchase and delivery of culturally relevant foods from locally owned businesses, to community members in Greater Portland, Mid Coast, and Androscoggin counties|
|Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township||Indian Township, Washington County||Increase availability of traditionally cultivated, culturally-relevant foods for community members reliant on the food pantry|
|Eastern Woodlands Rematriation||Wabanaki communities, Northern Maine||Support food sovereignty projects that focus on traditionally cultivated foods, and distribution of traditional foods from Wabanaki producers for distributions through tribal food pantries|
|Wabanaki Public Health||Wabanaki communities, Northern Maine||Support the distribution of traditional fresh and foraged foods and clean water to tribal communities without clean drinking water|
|Micmac Farms||Micmac communities, Aroostook County||Support the distribution of Food Sovereignty boxes, filled with foods produced by Native American producers, to families within the Aroostook Band of Micmacs|
|Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point||Pleasant Point, Washington County||Support the construction of a greenhouse used to grow culturally-specific foods for community members|
|Boys & Girls Clubs of Border Towns||Aroostook & Washington Counties||Support the preparation and distribution of traditional Sipayik & Maliseet meals to youth and families|
|In Her Presence||Cumberland County||Support the distribution of culturally relevant food to immigrant women and children throughout Cumberland County|
|Cumberland County Food Security Council||Cumberland County/statewide||Support the production and processing of Maine-raised halal meat at Ummah Farm in Turner|
|South Sudanese Community Association||Statewide||Support the distribution and delivery of culturally relevant foods to elders in the South Sudanese community statewide|
|Presente Maine||Statewide||Support The Food Brigade, which distributes fresh foods straight to Latinx community members statewide who are most vulnerable, least connected, least resourced, and at highest risk|
|New England Arab American Organization||Statewide||Support the purchase and delivery of Halal meats and other foods for Middle Eastern and Northern African community members in Cumberland County, Biddeford, and Augusta|
|Congolese Community of Maine||Statewide||Support the distribution of culturally specific foods sourced from immigrant-owned businesses to Congolese community members statewide|
|Isuken Co-op||Lewiston||Support the distribution of prepared meals during Ramadan|
|AK Health and Social Services||To support immigrant families of the Islamic faith by providing access to culturally specific food and produce during Ramadan|
|Azerbaijan Society of Maine||To support the purchase of culturally appropriate food to be packed and delivered to families in low-income housing complexes in the greater Portland area|
|Black Owned Maine||To support the expansion of nutritional access through the sponsorship of the cost of CSA memberships, delivery, and farm vouchers for Black families|
|Boys and Girls Clubs of Border Towns Presque Isle||Aroostook County||To support a full-time Culinary Mentor to provide access to healthy food service, cooking classes, and distributing culturally relevant foods to Wabanaki youth across four sites in Aroostook county|
|Gateway Community Services Maine||Androscoggin and Cumberland Counties||• To increase the availability of culturally specific food access to a total of 60 New Mainer families in both the greater Portland and Lewiston areas|
|Greater Portland Family Promise||To increase access to culturally important foods for asylum-seeking immigrant families through a community-led initiative in tandem with the inter-faith community and Fresh Food for All African Mobile Market|
|Isuken Coop||To support the distribution of culturally appropriate meals to the elderly and low-income families|
|Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services||To provide weekly distributions of culturally relevant foods and access to vouchers at immigrant-owned stores to families|
|Mawita'nej Epij'ij ||To offer a separate private space for Wabanaki people to cultivate food and a relationship to the land safely|
|Multicultural Community and Family Support Services||Androscoggin County||To enhance their Pandemic Food Security Program in Lewiston-Auburn by expanding storage and transportation capacity, better access to culturally specific foods and ingredients, relationship building, and more accessible distributions from their site.|
|Somali Bantu Community Association||To support the expansion and building of a Halal slaughter station at SBCA's Wales farm property to diversify the halal options that Somali Bantu refugees in central Maine can access|
|Sustainable Livelihoods Relief Organization||Androscoggin County||To support the distribution of hot meals during Ramadan to immigrant families, Elders and community members in Lewiston-Auburn|
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