As hard as some Mainers are when it comes to giving handouts and welfare, they really do not want you to go hungry. Likewise, if you have it in your heart to give, donate food or money when you can.
Where to eat in Bangor, ME, when you're down on your luck
Many of these organizations are faith-based, government-backed, or some form of non-profit. I will not discriminate but just give you the information, and you can choose.
Although some of these organizations are faith-based and may try to convert you, at least you’ll have something in your stomach while they make their pitch.
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Bangor, ME Food Pantries
The Ecumenical Food Cupboard
The Ecumenical Food Cupboard has been open since 1975. It is located at the Hammond St. Congregational Church.
The church has been coordinating these services for years. It is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:00 AM for volunteers. The volunteers start to set up the food cupboards before registering clients for the day at 9:30 AM. The distribution of food begins at 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM or noon.
Grace United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen
The Grace United Methodist Church is located at 193 Union St. Not only does the Methodist Church provide food to the hungry they also have services every Sunday at 10:00 AM and Bible classes.
The church provides food for up to 100 people each Thursday between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Visitors have the option of either eating indoors and warming up or taking their food on the go. For those who are disabled, volunteers deliver the meals after completion of the soup kitchen service on Thursdays.
The Salvation Army food pantry is called the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, and they have been serving meals since 1970.
Dorothy Day currently feeds about 100 hot meals each day from Monday through Friday and approximately 50 meals on Sunday mornings. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM and on Sunday 8:30 AM-9:15 AM.
The Salvation Army also has a food pantry in the community. As people are struggling due to tough economic times, there has been an increase in individuals reaching out to the food pantry to feed their families.
Almost everyone is familiar with the Salvation Army. It has helped people for decades. I know I never pass a red barrel without putting in whatever I can.
The Brick Church located on Union St. in Bangor has been feeding the community for years. Meals include sandwiches, and many other delicious items are provided to the community each weekday in the evening.
The food pantry is open at 3:00 PM Mondays through Wednesdays for meals at 4:15 PM each day. The Brick Church also has a thrift shop to include warm clothes, sleeping bags, tents, and toiletries. Of course, there are church services as well.
Health Equity Alliance
The Health Equity Alliance is a non-profit organization based on Hancock St., with hours of operation Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. When individuals in the community come to the Health Equity Alliance, they will see various food in their basket to include pasta and sauce, peanut butter, canned tuna, macaroni and cheese, cereal, and shelf-stable milk.
Other supplies might include T-shirts, deodorants, backpacks, bags, eggs, and fresh produce. Health Equity Alliance survives off of generous donations from those in the community. They also accept cash donations that they put towards pantry needs.
The Rock Church
It is located on Ohio St. in Bangor, ME, and provides a food pantry when available during business hours. Food is typically served after church services, especially on holidays and special events.
With so many people going hungry in the Bangor area, several agencies will provide food and meals so desperately needed. Contacting one of these agencies to identify when they are open to getting services will provide peace of mind.
If you have found food pantry and soup kitchen services beneficial and can now help, consider donating foodstuff or money to these worthy organizations.
As cold as it gets in Maine, even in April, you need a hot bowl of soup and a warm heart.