Who We Are
Project FEED (Food Emergency Exchange Depot) is an emergency food pantry located in Portland, Maine in the basement of Woodfords Congregational UCC Church. Project FEED was founded in 1975 by a group of clergy and lay-people concerned with the growing number of Portland residents who were without a reliable source of food in emergencies. Project FEED is supported by many individuals and organizations including churches and synagogues in the Greater Portland area and is staffed completely by volunteers.
Who We Serve
Project FEED provides food and household supplies to take home for individuals and families in crisis. We offer supplies for up to seven days per person in the household. Usually this is the bridge people need to their next food source. The communities we serve are Portland, S. Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth and Scarborough. Clients are requested to bring reusable bags with them if at all possible.
Read a letter from one of our clients (due to privacy expections, we have shortened the client's name):
Hello, my name is "M" I have a daughter who is one, and I am married. My husband lost his job 2 years ago, and is currently in school to get a better job. I do work full time and we do get some assistance from snap. However we are having a real struggle to make ends meet on the one income. We struggle to make the necessities monthly. Rent, heat, lights, gas for work, car payment and food. Never mind the credit cards we have racked up to make ends meet, medical bills, ... and taxes due. We have borrowed all we can from friends and family. I don’t know where else to turn, or what to do. Please advise, and direct me. Thanks in advance.
She was advised to go to a social service agency and get a referral (and other assistance/advice) and we were able to give her the food she needed to bridge her current difficult situation.
We require a three month waiting period between visits; FEED is intended to be for emergency use only, not as a steady supply of food. We require clients to bring a referral form from a social service agency, church or synagogue each time they come. This referral informs us that the client is connected with someone in the community who can guide them toward helping agencies. If you are a referring agency and need a form, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your agency's information or call 761-3920 during our operating hours.
Each year our client load increases, and this year is no exception. Our expenditures, amounting to over $4500 a month, average out to forty six cents a meal. Contributed food helps us keep this expense as low as it is. Our money comes from contributions and grants.
Our Hours of Operation
Project FEED is open 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays and school storm closings. Clients are asked to arrive before 2:45 and we encourage bringing reusable bags, if possible.
Our many volunteers are ready to assist.
Check with the pantry regarding openings around the end of the year holidays.
Send an email if YOU would like to join our team. See more here.