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Lifespan Opportunities in Washington and Hancock Counties

Food and Nutritional Services

Nutritional Support

Downeast Community Partners provides nutritional support to Washington and Hancock counties. Please take a moment to read about our different programs. If you have questions please contact the appropriate person according to the service you seek and the county in which you reside or serve (see below).

Everybody Eats! Free Community Meal

Everybody Eats! Free Community Meal is a grassroots, volunteer coordinated project whose goal is to provide free, healthful, and wholesome meals to our community members in a warm, hospitable, and stress-free environment.

No need to call ahead, there are no income restrictions, simply arrive and pick up your meal. Meals are served each Monday in the basement of St. Dunstan's Church, at 134 State Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605.

Responding to COVID-19, meals are packed to go, there is no seated dining. 

·        Meals are available for pickup from 2:30 - 4 PM.

·        There is no charge for the meal.  

For more information about the program, call Tracy at (973) 287-9926.

Weekends with EE after School Backpack Meal Project

An offshoot of the community meal program, the volunteers at Everybody Eats! provide weekend meals in backpacks to Ellsworth Elementary and Middle School students.

For more information about the program, call Tracy at (973) 287-9926.

DCP has two food pantries with delivery options

 Who can receive food pantry assistance?

Families participating in the following programs have access to the food pantry Early Head Start and Head Start as well as pre-kindergarten. Families working with Family Coaches, Maternal Child Health, and DCP staff members.

If you do not fall into a category above and need food, DCP provides an emergency food box and referral program that provides food right now and information on area food pantries. There is no income restriction for this service.

How do you get help?

Please call the number associated with your county (below).

I can’t find a pantry near me.

Please visit the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s website and search by zip code. https://www.gsfb.org/get-help/food-map/

I don’t drive and need food support.

This is a list of pantries that deliver. The list is organized by county.

https://www.downeastcommunitypartners.org/news/news-item-dcp.php/num-39/

During this time food pantry access is by appointment only.

DCP’s two food pantry locations can be accessed by calling the appropriate number below.

Ellsworth location serving Hancock County
Heather Barton-Lindloff at (207)460-7567
248 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605

Machias location serving Washington County
Heather Mawhinney (Machias) at (207)460-5613
7 VIP Drive, Machias, ME 04654

Emergency Food Box Program

The emergency food box program was started to provide staff members with food to leave with families in need. This program acts as a bridge, providing ‘right now’ assistance while long-term solutions are arranged.

Are you a police officer, firefighter, social worker, or community provider?

Carry an emergency food box in your car or take it to the office. When you meet someone in need, give him or her the box. If possible, collect contact information for the person in need.

Information is collected on a form that DCP provides.

The form should be returned to DCP. Once a staff member receives it, they will contact the person in need and assess their situation. The person in need will be connected with long-term solutions. Collecting information is not necessary but preferred. Contact DCP for more information.

Emergency food box pick up can be arranged by contacting the appropriate (by county) person below.

·        Each box is self-containing and does not need other food on hand such as milk, butter, or meat products.

·        The boxes are designed to feed a family of three, for up to four days, and are shelf-stable.

·        Social service and public workers are encouraged to carry an emergency food box in their vehicle.

Please contact DCP to arrange pick up.

Boxes can be stored in your car until it is needed. Washington County contact Heather Mawhinney (Machias) at (207)460-5613, and for Hancock County contact Heather Barton-Lindloff (Ellsworth) at (207)460-7567. 

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DCP Offices

Toll-Free: 800-834-4378

Bucksport Road Office

248 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-664-2424 | Email

Avery Lane Office

18 Avery Lane, PO Box 648 , Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-664-2424 | Email

Machias Office

7 VIP Drive, Machias, ME 04654
207-259-5015 | Email

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