Contribute to the 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.
We secured 1,320 boxes (20 lbs each!) of food and an equal number of gallons of milk from the USDA Farm to Families Food Box Program recently approved in Maine. They were designated by the USDA for York County residents, and we distributed these at Biddeford Middle School on Tuesday, July 21. News Center Maine coverage here.
“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.”
Our next opportunity to distribute FREE FOOD will be for Cumberland County residents on Thursday, August 6 from 2:00 to 6:00pm (or while supplies last) at the Fitzpatrick Stadium Deering Avenue entrance.
The City of Portland is working with the USDA and the Episcopal Diocese of Maine in partnership with Pineland Farms to distribute these boxes. Each box will include the following Maine products: 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 volunteers (wearing gloves and masks) drop the food and milk into the open trunks. There are no eligibility barriers. Food boxes will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you live in Cumberland County and are in need of food, please come! Questions about the program and how you can help? Please be in touch with John Hennessy.
The diocese also continues to 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.
Questions? Contact John Hennessy.
Donate to the Diocesan Hunger Initiative