Food Pantry

We provide food items to income eligible families, who can visit every 14 days. We offer fresh fruits and vegetables, personal care items, deli choices, canned goods, bread and pastries, and meat.  Last year, over 1000 households were served in the Food Pantry.

The Food Pantry is open Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, and Saturday from 10:30am to 1pm. For more information, stop by our offices or contact Sue Elsaesser, Food Pantry Coordinator, 725-1151 x11 or [email protected]

 

Interested in becoming a Food Pantry client?

To be eligible to receive food from our food pantry, the following guidelines apply:

  • Must live in Brunswick, Topsham, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Lisbon, Lisbon Falls, Durham, Harpswell, Bailey Island, Cundy’s Harbor, or Orr’s Island. If you do not live in this area, call United Way (dial 211) to find out where your local food pantry is.
  • Must fall within our income guidelines:

 

Family of 1: net monthly income of $1459 or less

Family of 2: net monthly income of $1966 or less

Family of 3: net monthly income of $2474 or less

Family of 4: net monthly income of $2981 or less

Family of 5: net monthly income of $3489 or less

Family of 6: net monthly income of $3996 or less

Family of 7: net monthly income of $4504 or less

Family of 8: net monthly income of $5011 or less

 

In addition, please bring the following documentation:

 

  • Proof of address: examples include a bill, lease, or other mail addressed to you.
  • Proof of income: examples  include pay stubs, Social Security payments, food stamps, disability, etc.

 

To keep in mind:

 

  • If you forgot to bring the required documentation but are a first-time client, you will still be given a box of food! Just bring documentation with you on your next visit.
  • Pantry clients can visit once every 14 days.
  • If you have any food allergies, please make sure we know about them.
  • We always appreciate it when clients bring reusable grocery bags to bag their food from the pantry. It helps us reduce our reliance on plastic.
  • There are plenty of other services, such as Food Mobiles, that you can also take advantage of.

 

Worried you might not be eligible?

 

We offer a variety of deductions to help you qualify. Even if your monthly income is higher than the amounts described above, we’ll subtract the following out-of-pocket expenses! Just bring documentation (examples include bills and/or receipts) with you on your first Food Pantry visit.

 

  • Child care: examples include bills for daycare or babysitter.
  • Health care: examples include doctor’s visits, copays, hospitals, etc.
  • Health insurance
  • Medication: examples include any prescriptions paid for out-of-pocket.

 

Most importantly:

 

Our mission is to help you. If you’re wondering about our services, have questions, or feel that there are ways for us to better meet your needs, just ask. Chances are we’re able to help get you what you need, either on-site or by providing a referral.