What We Do

Wayside has been increasing access to nutritious food to our neighbors in Southern Maine since 1986. Wayside’s hunger relief efforts include:

Through its Food Rescue Program, Wayside diverted 550 tons of edible food from the waste stream in 2019. Rescued food was distributed, free of charge, to 60 partners throughout Southern Maine including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other social service agencies. 


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What's New

Community Meals starting to reopen

Following CDC guidelines and protocols, we are excited to announce that two Community Meals will be returning this month to being shared together as a sit down meal.  More about Community Meals starting to reopen

Farms for Food Equity

Farms for Food Equity buys surplus produce from Maine farms and distributes it to local food banks. More about Farms for Food Equity

Cheesin' for a Reason

There's a new restaurant in Portland, Cheese Louise, and starting May 10 you can enjoy their delicious sandwiches and support Wayside! More about Cheesin' for a Reason

Summer volunteer opportunity!

Portland Public Schools (PPS) needs your help sharing food with students and their families through the summer by providing home deliveries of free groceries from Wayside. More about Summer volunteer opportunity!