Food Security

Drive Thru-Food Drive (United for Maine)

As part of our 2020 Campaign Kickoff, United Ways of Maine collaborated on a Statewide food drive, with the mission to collect the most food on record in the state of Maine! United Way of Eastern Maine held the drive-thru collection process in the parking lot of Good Shepherd Food Bank in Hampden. The local food drive collected over 2,500 lbs. of food for Eastern Maine and the drive-thru concept minimized exposure so donors could safely & efficiently drive up & drop off their food and supplies for the event. Overall, the event collected 37,856 pounds of food and other critical supplies Statewide for local nonprofits at 20 different locations across the state.


The United Way of Eastern Maine partners with Healthy Acadia (, several health and human service organizations, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, local businesses, Eastern Maine schools and towns to collect food and donations during the month of March that in turn benefits the food cupboards of Hancock County. Since the program’s inception, the community has donated $113,723 in supporting funds and collected nearly 74,000 lbs. of food, translating into 60,969 meals for the Hancock County region.  That translates to $174,692 in cash, food and supplies generated to help those in need. Over $52,000 in matching grants have been generated by UWEM and the Maine Community Fund and over the life of the Food Drive’s effort, 575 businesses have participated.


Over the last 15+ years, UWEM has co-managed the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive in the Bangor area in cooperation with the local NALC postal workers union. NALC is the largest food drive in the United States. UWEM supports publicity efforts, volunteer recruitment, and organization leading up to the event, and manages the administrative functions and volunteer management on the day of the event. Over the past 10 years this program has generated over 1 MILLION pounds of food, translating into nearly 825,000 meals and valued at over 2.2 million dollars. This one-day food drive has utilized close to 703 volunteers contributing 4,063 hours of service valued at $74,717.

Neighbors United

Neighbors United is not your usual food or supply drive. We work with nonprofits and businesses all over Eastern Maine to connected those in need of supplies with those willing to donate those supplies. Click here to learn more.

FEMA Emergency Food & Shelter Program

UWEM administers local FEMA Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) funds to social service agencies in Penobscot County. EFSP funds provide food, shelter, and general assistance to those in need.