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.

Stay connected to Wayside with our newsletter

Our e-newsletter is your source for staying connected to Wayside. Keep up with the latest news, learn more about our innovative programs, and find out about ways to help. Sign up to receive Wayside news!

What's New

Wayside receives Efficiency Maine award

Wayside Operations Manager Don Morrison, left, recieves Efficiency Maine award on behalf of Wayside Food Programs

Collaborative food fair nurtures West End community

Partnership between Wayside Food Programs, the Locker Project and Maine Snap-Ed turns Wayside's Monday evening meal at the Reiche School in Portland into a monthly food fair, featuring a healthy dinner, produce distribution, and nutrition lesson for kids and their families. More about Collaborative food fair nurtures West End community

Allagash grant to support Food Rescue Program

Allagash Brewing Company's Community Grant award will help reduce food waste and increase access to nutritious foods in Cumberland County. More about Allagash grant to support Food Rescue Program

Portland Food Council to focus on viability, sustainability

Wayside's Executive Director Mary Zwolinski was interviewed by the Forecaster on the upcoming launch of the Portland Food Council. More about Portland Food Council to focus on viability, sustainability