What We Do

Wayside is currently in its 30th year of increasing access to nutritious food for those in need in Southern Maine. Wayside’s hunger relief efforts include:

Through its Food Rescue Program, Wayside distributed more than one million pounds of food in 2015. Rescued food was distributed to more than 40 agencies throughout Cumberland County including food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.

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Thanksgiving events serve 500 in Portland and Westbrook

The Thanksgiving holiday is in many ways a culmination of Wayside's year round efforts, acting as a celebration of food and community, two things we care deeply about. Our annual Thanksgiving event took place at Portland Club, where this year we served over 250 guests a delicious, made-from-scratch meal in the club's beautiful dining room. Thanksgiving meals were served to an additional 250 guests at our regular community meal sites. More about Thanksgiving events serve 500 in Portland and Westbrook

Grants to help fight waste and increase healthy food

Wayside Food Programs recently received a $20,000 grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and a $25,000 grant from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation to reduce food waste and improve nutritional standards for food donated to Cumberland County’s emergency food network. These grants are being used to educate donors about the importance of donating nutritionally sound food to Wayside, which distributes food, free of charge, to more than 40 local soup kitchens, food pantries and social service agencies. More about Grants to help fight waste and increase healthy food

Donate to Wayside at Whole Foods Portland December 1-3

Wayside Food Programs' annual Holiday Food Drive for Kids & Families will take place December 1-3 at Whole Foods Market in Portland, Maine. Wayside staff and volunteers will be on hand to collect donations of healthy food items which will be distributed to children and families throughout Cumberland County this holiday season. More about Donate to Wayside at Whole Foods Portland December 1-3

Catching Health blog features Wayside's programs and recipe

Health reporter Diane Atwood featured a favorite healthy comfort food recipe from Wayside Food Programs on her blog. More about Catching Health blog features Wayside's programs and recipe