If you are receiving General Assistance from the City of Portland, you will also be given food vouchers each month. In addition, you will receive Food Stamps from the State of Maine. If you have a family, you will be given TANF assistance. Each of these can be used to get food at grocery stores. The best places to go are to Hannaford’s (one is located at 295, Forest Avenue in Portland), Shaw’s (one is located at 1364 Congress Street in Portland), and Save-A-Lot at the St. John Street shopping center. There are also many specialty food stores, for people with special food needs such as to get halal or kosher foods.
In addition, there are food pantries that give out free food if you cannot afford to buy what you need or if you run out of food stamps. They are located at:

Food Pantries

Falmouth Food Pantry
Address: 271 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, Maine
Phone: (207) 415-5513
Contact Carrie Penrose (207) 632-2687
Hours: First and Third Mondays 8-10 am
Second and Fourth Thursdays 5-7 pm
Open to Cumberland County residents (emphasis on Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, and North Yarmouth)
Participants must provide their name and number of family members

Salvation Army
Address: 297 Cumberland Avenue, P.O. Box 3575, Portland, ME 04104
Phone: (207) 774-4172
Hours: Mon – Fri 9 AM to 12 PM, 1PM to 3 PM – 1 time per month

Food Cupboard
Address: 611 Main Street, South Portland, Maine
Phone: (207) 874-0379
(South Portland residents only)

First Baptist Church
Address: 733 Main Street, Westbrook, Maine
Phone: (207) 854-8394

Soup Kitchen Preble Street Resource Center
Address: 252 Oxford Street, Portland, Maine
Phone: (207) 775-0026
Hours: Thursdays 1:30 to 3:00pm. Arrive at 10 am for a number

Sacred Heart Church
Address: (Mellon and Sherman Street) Portland, Maine
Phone: (207) 772-6182
Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 to 11

Project Feed: Woodfords Congregational Church
Address: 202 Woodfords St. Portland, Maine
Phone: (207) 761-3920
Hours: Monday – Friday: 1 – 3 pm, (need a voucher from case worker; once every three months.)

Luke’s Food Pantry
Address: 143 State Street, Portland, Maine
Phone: (207) 772-5434
Hours: Thursdays 9:30 to 11am – 1 time per month

Westbrook Community Food Pantry
Address: 426 Bridge Street, Westbrook, Maine
Phone: (207) 591-8147
Hours: Tuesdays 12 to 2 and 6 to 7:30 PM (For Westbrook residents. Twice per month)