Our Story

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:

Food Bank

Processing donated and purchased foods from local retail and farm partners for distribution through our programs and to area pantry partners. 

Mobile Pantries

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.

Food Pantry

Providing free nutritious groceries and needed household and personal care items out of our Brunswick facility.

Satellite Pantries

Offering grocery store-style pantries in apartment buildings and community centers in partnership with local housing authorities.

Direct-to-Door Deliveries

Delivering groceries directly to individuals and neighborhoods.

Soup Kitchen

Serving freshly prepared to-go lunches 6 days a week from our kitchen onsite and through various community sites. 

School Pantries

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.

The Merrymeeting Gleaners

Partnering with local farms to collect surplus produce from their fields for distribution across the region. Founded by the Merrymeeting Food Council.

Inclusion Statement

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.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

We envision a community where quality, nutritious food is available for all.

Our Values

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.

Want to Get Involved?

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Our Staff

Karen Parker

Executive Director

Alyssa Schoppee

Development Manager

Adelle Pitsas

Operations and Administrative Assistant

Caroline Daigle

Program Coordinator

Eden Martin

Food Bank Coordinator

Julia Nelson

Merrymeeting Gleaners Coordinator

Hannah Chatalbash

Deputy Director

Heather Arvidson

Volunteer and Client Services Manager

Katie Turner

Development Assistant

Rena Pulfer

Soup Kitchen Coordinator

Haley Dolloff

Youth Services Coordinator

Brady Meisenhelder

Operations Manager

Andrew Woodring

Food Bank Manager

Ari van den Akker

Communications Coordinator

Devyn Potter

Food Pantry Coordinator

Brie Nicolaou

Youth Services Associate

Our Board

Carl DeMars


Andre Duchette

John Eldredge

Amie Almasi

Ali Waks Adams

Megan Hart

Vice Chair

Hugh Judge

Don Kniseley

Kerry McQuaid

Noreen Patient

Scott Tremble


Marie Barbieri

Bob Beaumont

Henry Ditzel

Jennifer Foley

Laura Larssen


Patty Feldman

Jane Berry

Brian MacLeod