The Pantry Project is a collaborative venture of United Way of Eastern Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank, and local businesses and organizations working together to keep local food pantries full beyond the holidays. Since the project’s inception in 2010, we have collected over 60,000 pounds of food! Our goal in 2017 is to collect 15,000 pounds of food, which will provide over 12,000 meals to families in need in our communities.
More than 20% of Maine households do not have reliable and consistent access to food. Although the holiday season brings many donations of food, by spring, many pantries experience a food shortage. The current economy has forced more people into poverty or near poverty; with 1 in 4 children in Maine living in poverty.
Through our Pantry Project we distribute shelving to a different business partner from January through May. The food collected each month is distributed through Good Shepherd Food Bank to local food pantries at no cost. 100% of the food and funds raised through the Pantry Project stay right here in Eastern Maine. This is an easy way to have high impact in your community.
Virtual Food Drive
If you’d like to join our VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE to support families in Eastern Maine struggling with food insecurity click here or text ‘pantryproject’ to 41444 to make a donation today!