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St. Mary's Food Pantry

St. Mary's Food Pantry

ABOUT THE ST. MARY’S FOOD PANTRY

As one of the largest emergency food pantries in Maine, the St. Mary's Food Pantry has been providing food assistance for residents of the greater Lewiston-Auburn area for over 20 years. The Food Pantry is located in the heart of downtown Lewiston across from Kennedy Park on the corner of Bates and Walnut Street and serves over 1,000 people weekly.

In February 2019, the Food Pantry reopened with a transformed space and a new “store-like” model that prioritizes guest choice. This model is informed by the belief that people best know their own food needs and can choose their own items when given the opportunity. The goal is to further increase agency and dignity, while also providing food stability.

In addition to providing food assistance, the St. Mary’s Food Pantry seeks to offer a warm and welcoming environment where neighbors from different communities can get to know one another, build relationships, and connect to additional resources. In addition to receiving food, each incoming guest meets with a Nutrition Center staff where they have the opportunity to identify needs and share concerns. Nutrition Center staff partner with area agencies to provide literature and resources around critical needs such as housing, clothing, and childcare

PARTNERS AND VOLUNTEERS

To do this important work, the Food Pantry relies on key partnerships and dedicated volunteers. Each week, the pantry team unloads and distributes thousands of pounds of fresh produce and other nutritious food from Good Shepherd Food Bank and local grocery stores. During the summer and fall we receive donations of fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables from Mainers Feeding Mainers, Androscoggin Gleaners, New Roots Cooperative Farm and other area farms. Our volunteer program provides a positive and engaging environment for people to gain skills, form friendships and support their neighbors in getting the food they need.

Want to volunteer? Thank you for your interest in volunteering. The Food Pantry is part of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center. All potential volunteers must first fill out an application either online or in person. Once the application is complete a staff person will be in touch to discuss next steps.

SUPPORT OUR WORK

Our work would be impossible without charitable contributions from generous organizations, businesses and individuals. Thank you to all the people who support the work of the Food Pantry through their time, energy and financial resources.

If you are interested in supporting the Food Pantry with a monetary gift, the most flexible and effective way for us to meet our community’s needs, please click the "donate now" link, call us, stop by the pantry, or mail your check to St. Mary’s Food Pantry, PO Box 7291, Lewiston, ME 04243.  

Thank you!

If you would like to provide a food donation or run a food drive on our behalf, please contact us at 513 3848 to find out current needs. Often times we have a steady supply of non-perishable goods. However, we are always in need of diapers of all sizes.

VISIT THE FOOD PANTRY

CONTACT INFORMATION

Location: 208 Bates Street in Lewiston, on the corner of Bates and Walnut

Phone: 207-513-3841

You can email us by clicking here.

PANTRY HOURS

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am - 2pm.

Last Wednesday of Every Month 4pm - 6pm

For people who are unable to attend daytime hours

For safety reasons we ask that guests not line up outside the building before we open at 11 am. Please arrive during the open hours only. Being first does not offer an advantage in terms of food selection or quantity, and different choices may be available later in the day.

FIRST-TIME VISITS

First-time guests, or guests who have not been to the pantry since before February 2019 will be asked to participate in a brief intake process. If possible, we ask that guests bring some form of photo identification and a piece of mail, car registration with proof of address for this first intake. Guests without an address or ID will receive food regardless.

It is also helpful for guests to bring their own plastic or reusable shopping bags to carry food home.

HOW OFTEN A GUEST CAN VISIT

Guests can visit one time per household per calendar week, Tuesday thru Friday.

FOOD QUANTITY AND SELECTION

Guests to the pantry choose one shopping basket of food regardless of household size or other factors. We prioritize having fresh produce and we try to carry meat, eggs and/or milk when possible. No food item is guaranteed at any specific time or day as we can only distribute what we can get! We do post a daily menu inside the food pantry so that guests can check what options might be available that day.

To find other places to get food in our community, visit the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Food Map at http://www.gsfb.org/help/food-map/