Above, raised beds at Wayside's Walton Street facility.
Other Programs and Partnerships to Address Food Insecurity
Wayside is combating food insecurity in Cumberland County on a number of fronts
COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM (CSFP)
Wayside collaborates with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) as a distributing partner for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Each month, the CSFP provides eligible aging adults who enroll through SMAA with a free 30-pound bag of food. Bags may be picked up each month at locations in Portland, South Portland, Bridgton, Naples, Windham, Raymond, Falmouth and Freeport.
To qualify for CSFP, recipients must be 60 years of age or older and meet income eligibility requirements.
For more information, including application forms, click here or call the Southern Maine Agency on Aging at 1-800-424-7411.
In partnership with Oakhurst Dairy, Wayside operates a dairy buying cooperative for Cumberland County food pantries. By purchasing milk and other dairy products together in bulk, the pantries are able to share cost savings while providing their clients with nutritious and highly sought after food.
KIDS' HEALTHY SNACKS
This program provides healthy snacks to after-school and summer programs in Greater Portland. Wayside partners with a growing number of programs to provide supplemental food to children at risk of food insecurity. Our partners in this endeavor have reported that being able to provide snacks at their centers helps students focus and participate more fully in their programs. Kids' Healthy Snacks partners include Portland and Westbrook Community Policing Centers, Portland Housing Study Centers, the Opportunity Alliance, Portland Family Shelter, Portland YMCA, Goodwill AmeriCorps Youth Programs, and Yarmouth Community Services.
NEW ENGLAND ENTERAL EXCHANGE DISTRIBUTION SOLUTION (NEEEDS)
An innovative program to distribute unused medical nutrition formula to patients in need. Formula is used by patients who require feeding tubes, which may be needed by patients undergoing cancer treatment. After completing treatment, patients may have extra formula, which cannot be returned to distributors. To provide this unused formula to patients in need, Wayside has become a formula pick-up center for patients and drop-off center for donors in a partnership with Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute and New England Life Care. To learn more about the NEEEDS program, contact Karen Schilling at (207) 396-8524 or via email at SCHILK@mmc.org.
MAINE HARVEST FOR HUNGER
An outreach program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to food insecure individuals and families in Maine. Wayside works with the Extension to distribute the produce grown at a number of HFH gardens to food pantries throughout the county. For more information about Harvest for Hunger and how to donate, click here.
MAINE HUNTERS FOR THE HUNGRY
A cooperative program between the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. This program provides a means for hunters to donate all or a portion of their hunt to a family in need. For more information about Hunters for the Hungry, click here.
THE EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TEFAP)
A federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. TEFAP provides food and administrative funds to states to supplement the diets of these groups. Wayside Food Programs works with the Maine State Department of Agriculture to administer and distribute the food for this program to eligible food pantries and soup kitchens in Cumberland County.
Wayside maintains a raised bed garden at its Walton Street facility to grow fresh vegetables and herbs for use in its community kitchen. Volunteers help maintain the garden throughout the growing season. Our garden is part of the Maine Harvest for Hunger Network.