Food

The Mission takes a multi-faceted approach to reducing hunger and the threat of hunger in western Washington County.

We know different populations experience different obstacles to obtaining enough food. The challenges a third-grader faces are not the same as those encountered by an eighty-year old.

Our food programs go beyond simply delivering quality food. Each program promotes social interactions, builds a sense of community, and encourages learning about nutrition, trying new foods, making healthy food choices, and talking about food and nutrition. We hope to impact area residents’ eating habits, including the next generation’s habits, in order to create a stronger, healthier, and more informed community.

Food Pantry

Our Weald Bethel Food Pantry is set up like a general store to offer nutritious food such as meat, dairy, eggs, whole-grain bread, and fresh fruits and vegetables that are often local and organic.

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School-Based Food Programs

Young people often face challenges getting enough good food to eat, especially on the weekends when school-based meals are unavailable.

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Organic Pantry Garden

Our Downeast Campus includes a quarter-acre organic vegetable garden where volunteers from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners program work with Mission staff to grow more than 2,000 pounds of produce annually for the food pantry and the Downeast Table of Plenty.

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Sunbeam on Wheels

The “Sunbeam on Wheels” makes weekly trips to deliver food to people who cannot get to the food pantry on their own.

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