Who We Are


Wayside uses food to reduce waste, fight hunger and strengthen community through volunteer-driven programming and a collaborative, cross-industry network of partners in Southern Maine. Our work is rooted in partnerships utilizing approaches that reinforce social connection, individual dignity and limiting our impact on the natural environment. Wayside believes that the health and vibrancy of our community depend upon the physical, social and economic well-being of all community members. 

What We Do

Wayside has been increasing access to nutritious food for our neighbors in Southern Maine since 1986. Wayside’s hunger relief efforts include:
  • 9 free weekly Community Meals
  • Other programs and partnerships, including:
    • Pop Up Picnics
    • Catering Collective
    • Kids' Healthy Snacks
    • New England Enteral Exchange Distribution Solution (NEEEDS)
    • Dairy Buying Cooperative
    • Maine Harvest for Hunger
    • Maine Hunters for the Hungry
    • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
    • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
    • Wayside's Pollinator Garden