About The Pantry…
The Food Pantry provides food items to income eligible families from the communities we serve, who can visit every 14 days. We offer fresh fruits and vegetables, personal care items, deli choices, canned goods, bread, pastries, and meat. Volunteers stock the pantry shelves, run client intake, and assist each person in making selections through the pantry.
Last year, over 1000 households were served in the Food Pantry. In Brunswick alone, about 1 in 10 persons visited our pantry in 2014.
What are the eligibility requirements of the Food Pantry?
- 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 meet income guidelines (please call if your income is close to these limits, some adjustments are allowed for medical and other expenses)
- 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
What should I bring with me to the Food Pantry?
- 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 we provide, 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.
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.