Food Access Resources

On this page, you will find food access resources available to adult learners.

Have questions? Reach out to a student success coach for help or find a navigator on your campus.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP (External Site), formerly known as Food Stamps, helps Maine residents with low incomes get the food they need for nutritious and well-balanced meals. The SNAP program provides support to help stretch a household’s food budget. It is not intended to meet all of a household’s food needs because it is a supplement. Maine residents who are are approved for SNAP can use the benefits at many stores, farmers markets and senior dining sites.

Other food assistance programs

Most towns, cities and counties offer food shelves, food banks and have local organizations that offer free meals to residents. There may be resources in your area, including:

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP works with communities hosting food pantries. Find a pantry in your area by using this list organized by county (External Site) or this map of locations in Maine (External Site).

The Backpack Program

The Backpack Program (External Site) provides children with healthy, easy-to-prepare food during weekends and school vacations, which are times when the school meals they rely on are unavailable.