There are two different kinds of programs that provide food free of charge. First, programs that serve hot meals are commonly referred to as “soup kitchens,” and generally serve meals at certain times of the day. Second, programs that provide people with food that they can take home and prepare for themselves are commonly called “food pantries” and are similar to a grocery store or market except that they provide food free of charge.
Good Shepherd Food Bank
About: Good Shepherd has put together a food map that allows you to find food pantries near you by searching based on your zip code.
For more information and to use the food map, visit the website.
The Locker Project
About: The Locker Project has food pantries in Portland Schools. They stock dry goods and snacks and often have fresh produce.
Phone: (207) 899-9540
Visit the website here.
Preble Street Teen Center
About: The Preble Street Teen Center offers three meals a day plus snacks to youth free of charge every day of the year.
Phone: (207) 874-1197
Wayside Food Programs
About: Wayside’s Community Meals Program provides nutritious meals to individuals and families free of charge. The organization works with local partners to provide welcoming places wehere people can enjoy healthy meals. Meals are offered at certain locations at certain times.
Phone: (207) 775-4939
For more information and to see the community meals schedule with locations, visit the website.