Nestled in the state’s southern coastal region, Old Orchard Beach (OOB) is known for its seven-mile beach and busy downtown filled with restaurants, shops, ice cream parlors, and an amusement park. Among the beachgoers and tourists, the town of OOB is like many quaint coastal towns in Maine with a population that thrives in the summer months but experiences quiet off-seasons.
According to Feeding America, the food insecurity rate in York County, where OOB is located, is 8.9 percent , which means about 18,800 people living in the area don’t have reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food. And nearly half, forty-nine percent, of people in York County are below the threshold for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other nutrition programs.  Based on 2021 Feeding America data.
One of the three Old Orchard Beach-based food pantry partners is the Salvation Army – OOB. This smaller pantry meets the most urgent needs of neighbors in the area and operates by appointment only. Neighbors are offered a variety of services including meals, clothing, fuel and energy assistance, personal hygiene kits, medical needs, and connections with other beneficial services that are offered through other organizations.