Diocesan Hunger Initiative
Join others throughout the diocese in helping to feed Maine. With contributions from individuals and parishes, the Episcopal Diocese of Maine will be able to share the message of our faith in action with the larger community, giving people the nourishment and encouragement needed to make it through these difficult times.
The Diocesan Hunger Initiative has partnered with the USDA Farm to Families Food Box Program
recently approved in Maine. Each time we participated 1,300 boxes of 20 lbs of local food plus gallons of milk are distributed to Maine people for free! They are designated by the USDA by county. Our first time out in July, we headed to Biddeford. (See News Center Maine coverage here.
In August, we were in both Portland and Old Orchard Beach.
“We are honored to help our neighbors in need during these difficult times,” said Bishop Thomas James Brown. “Jesus taught us to not love in word but in deed and we are living that mission today and every day. The Episcopal Diocese of Maine expects to participate in other USDA food distribution projects statewide throughout the summer.”
The Episcopal Diocese of Maine distributed boxes that include Maine products like 5 lbs. potatoes, 6 lbs. microwavable mashed potatoes, 2 1/2 lbs. cheddar cheese, and 1/2 gallon of fresh 2% milk.
You have probably seen operations like this on television where the cars are lined up and volunteer s (wearing gloves and masks) drop the food and milk into the open trunks. Food boxes were handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. There were no eligibility requirements.
Read more about the program in this Episcopal News Service article, Maine diocese’s food distribution ministry connects farmers with jobless residents and in this Portland Press Herald Op-Ed from Representatives Donna Bailey, D-Saco and Lori K. Gramlick, D-Old Orchard Beach here As more Mainers struggle with food insecurity, communities come together to help.
The diocese continues to explore opportunities to partner with large-scale farm distribution. Stay tuned!
The diocese will also purchase potatoes through the Maine Farmers’ Exchange to distribute where there is both need and ability to store and use large shipments.
You can contribute by check made out to Episcopal Diocese of Maine with subject line “Food Insecurity Fund” mailed to:
ATTN: John Hennessy
Episcopal Diocese of Maine
PO Box 4036
Portland, ME 04101
We also have set up some ways for you to give electronically:
- Mobile app – Download the GivePlus Mobile App on the App Store or on Google Play, enter our zip code “04101”, select “Episcopal Diocese of Maine” and give. [Find more instructions for the app here.]
- Episcopalmaine.org – Easily enter your donation from our website. Click on the “Donate” button on the home page or use the form below to contribute by credit/debit card or checking account.
We're so excited to be engaging with all of you in this very real opportunity to make a difference. So many of us are currently unable to volunteer directly right now due to underlying health concerns, which makes it an even greater joy to be able to still have a way to help others who are living in need.
Thank you again for supporting our community.
Donate to the Diocesan Hunger Initiative