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Join Our Fight Against Local Hunger

Dear Friends,
What are your favorite memories of food? Do you remember sharing family recipes with loved ones? Harvesting ingredients from a backyard garden? Favorite holiday traditions? Celebrating milestones with family and friends? 
Your memories of food are just as much about the food as they are the deep connections that the food enables. Food gives us the opportunity to connect within our families and neighborhoods. More than that, food helps us transcend our differences in order to celebrate and nourish each other. 
Unfortunately, rising medical and housing costs in our community threaten financial stability and nutritional well-being. Please consider giving as generously as you can to help ensure that our community has the opportunity to share food and build connections, and to strengthen the vibrant and diverse fabric of our community. Your gift will help provide opportunities for everyone to contribute to a more bountiful future for us all.
You are a critical part of our many efforts using food to bring people together, including:
  • Free & Nutritious Community Meals: Weekly meals hosted in safe and welcoming settings at community centers, schools, and faith-based organizations.
  • Mobile Food Pantries: Monthly deliveries of groceries to neighborhoods experiencing transportation barriers.
  • Food Rescue: Work that prevents food from being wasted and redistributes it, free of charge, to food pantries, soup kitchens, and social service agencies. Connects farmers, backyard gardeners, and hunters with surplus harvest to food pantries.
Thank you for joining us.
Mary Zwolinski, Wayside Food Programs Executive Director


How to donate

Donating to Wayside is as easy as using our secure donation form. Donations may also be mailed to Wayside Food Programs at PO Box 1278, Portland, Maine, 04104.

In addition to cash donations, there are a number of innovative ways to contribute, including: Estate planning, which can contribute to Wayside's mission. Employee match programs, where employers match a portion of employee contributions. To learn more about innovative ways of contributing to Wayside, please contact us.