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 1250 households were served in the Food Pantry.

The Food Pantry is open Monday, Friday, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, stop by our offices or contact Sue Elsaesser, Food Pantry Coordinator, 725-1151 x11 or


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: gross monthly income of $1472 or less

Family of 2: gross monthly income of $1992 or less

Family of 3: gross monthly income of $2512 or less

Family of 4: gross monthly income of $3032 or less

Family of 5: gross monthly income of $3552 or less

Family of 6: gross monthly income of $4072 or less

Family of 7: gross monthly income of $4592 or less

Family of 8: gross monthly income of $5112 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.