Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) is located in Brunswick, Maine and is the largest hunger relief and prevention agency in the midcoast region. MCHPP operates a soup kitchen, food bank, and food pantry out of our facility at 12 Tenney Way as well as mobile, school, and satellite pantries across Cumberland, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo counties.
MCHPP has transformed since March 2020 to meet the needs of our community during the pandemic while keeping everyone safe. The building remains closed to the public, but volunteers and staff are working to ensure everyone in need can access healthy food. MCHPP now serves hot, to-go meals out of our soup kitchen and pantry boxes are available for curbside pickup on-site.
MCHPP served its first meal in 1983 and over the next 4 decades, support for MCHPP grew as did the number of local families experiencing food insecurity. In our ongoing pursuit to end hunger in midcoast Maine, we now operate nine different programs:
Processing donated and purchased foods from local retail and farm partners for distribution through our programs and to area pantry partners.
Operating in Harpswell, Bowdoin, and Lisbon to reduce transportation barriers for participants and provide the same groceries as our flagship Food Pantry.
Summer Food Service Program
Serving free lunches during the summer months to students and their families via area camps, libraries, and more.
Providing free nutritious groceries and needed household and personal care items out of our Brunswick facility.
Offering grocery store-style pantries in apartment buildings and community centers in partnership with local housing authorities.
Food Security Coalition
Bringing together representatives from more than 25 food pantries, soup kitchens, farms, and other community organizations working together to identify ways to source food, fundraise, improve services, support the community, and increase their volunteer base.
Serving freshly prepared to-go lunches 6 days a week from our kitchen onsite and through various community sites.
Supplying weekend and evening meals to students at 28 locations among RSU 5, RSU 2, MSAD 75, the Brunswick School Department, and the Lisbon School Department.
MCHPP doesn’t just accept the differences of our friends and neighbors, we celebrate them. Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program aims to remove barriers to healthful meals for all of our community members in need regardless of race, color, age, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating an environment of inclusion.
MCHPP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to offer dignity and empowerment by providing all members of our community with access to healthy food.
We envision a community where quality, nutritious food is available for all.
Access: We want all people to have access to food without barriers.
Dignity: We treat all participants in our community with respect.
Community: We create an inclusive and safe community for all who participate in our programs.
Food: We work with retail and farm partners to provide fresh, nutritious options.
Sustainability: We work to remain environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable in order to meet the current and future need.
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