The Backpack Program
For qualifying students at the Bowdoinham Community School and Bowdoin Central School, we offer weekly packed bags of nutritious and easy to prepare food. Bags include enough food for all meals and snacks during the weekend. A suggested menu is put together each week and includes things like eggs and toast, oatmeal, deli meat, pasta, meat, all the fixings to make homemade pizza, fresh fruit and vegetables, just to name a few. Bags are delivered to families on Thursday afternoons.
The Backpack Program is a critical part of our work. Almost 50% of students at the elementary school qualify for free or reduced lunch. The cost of filling one backpack is about $15 ($1. 30 every time a child eats). $60.00 will fill one child’s backpack each week for an entire month.
Currently we serve 16 families and 41 children. If you have questions about our Backpack Program or would like more information, call 207 – 751 – 7779, or email bowdoinhamfoodpantry @ gmail.com
The Little Free Pantry
Similar to a Little Free Library, this tiny pantry is available 24/7 and can be stocked and used by anyone. The pantry is stocked with a variety of shelf stable items biweekly such as cereal, pasta, shelf stable milk, snacks, diapers, soap, etc.
We have two Little Free Pantries: one is located at the Greenleaf Apartments at 65 Preble Rd in Bowdoinham and the other is right outside the Pantry at 9 Main Street in Bowdoinham!
Weekly deliveries of produce, canned and boxed food are made to the residences of Bowdoinham Estates. Food is available to anyone who lives there and is offered in a “sharing table” format.