What We Do

Wayside has been increasing access to nutritious food for those in need in Southern Maine since 1986. Wayside’s hunger relief efforts include:

Through its Food Rescue Program, Wayside diverted 980,000 pounds of edible food from the waste stream in 2017. Rescued food was distributed to 55 partner agencies throughout Cumberland County including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other social service agencies.

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Wayside celebrates Earth Day

Wayside loves Earth Day! We are proud of our year-round commitment to supporting environmental protection and our collaborative efforts to reduce the amount of food that ends up in landfills. More about Wayside celebrates Earth Day

NEEEDS Program wins top prize at national oncology nutrition symposium

On April 13th - 15th, 2018 Karen Schilling (Wayside Food Programs board member and Maine Medical Center) and Ashlan Oberhoitzer (National Home Infusion Association, formerly New England Life Care) More about NEEEDS Program wins top prize at national oncology nutrition symposium

King Middle School volunteers at community meal for annual expedition

8th graders from the King Middle School worked side by side with weekly volunteers to help prepare and serve a community lunch at Avesta Housing's 409 Cumberland Ave. More about King Middle School volunteers at community meal for annual expedition

Partner of Wayside named finalist for James Beard Award

Alison Pray, co-owner of Standard Baking Company in Portland, Maine was just named as a finalist for a national James Beard Award in the Outstanding Baker category. More about Partner of Wayside named finalist for James Beard Award