Food Security

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.

Hancock County Food Drive

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 over $126,000 in supporting funds and collected over 74,000 lbs. of food, translating into nearly 569,000 meals for the areas demand.  Over $52,000 in matching grants have been generated by UWEM and the Maine Community Fund. Over the life of the 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 valued over 1.9 million dollars. This one-day food drive has utilized close to 600 volunteers contributing nearly 3,630 hours of service valued at $63,000.

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.