Monday, November 10, 2014

Connect with Local Farmers

Source EVEN MORE nutritious food!

Locating and utilizing multiple sources of food is extremely important to the sustainability of your program. Here is another great resource for you to do just that! is a national 501c3 organization that works to connect food pantries and soup kitchens to local farmers and growers. Many farmers find themselves with more produce than they can use and food pantries and soup kitchens are always looking for more ways to source additional nutritious food for their patrons. wants to connect you and your local farmers! Visit to get registered today. It is completely free for both you and farmers to use and an excellent resource to gain EVEN MORE access to nutritious food!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Just in Time for Fundraising Season!

New!  Donate Button on your Agency Page!

Good Shepherd Food Bank partner agencies now have the option to add a DONATE button to their Agency Profile Page!

When you login to edit your profile page, there is now a box that you can check which will add the button to your page. Donations collected through this online form will be added to your agency account at Good Shepherd Food Bank. Donors to your account receive a confirmation/thank you email that indicates they have given to your particular agency.

Here is an example of a profile page with the donate button turned on:

Haven't set up your agency profile page yet? Now is the time!! Instructions are here (you will need Adobe Reader, available for free).

If you need a password or user name, please email Kathy Helming, VP of Agency Services, at

This is prime fundraising time!  Don't delay in getting the word out through email, social media, and any other method you are using that donors can put money right on your account with the Food Bank! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Grant Opportunity from Wal-Mart!

Calling all food pantries, soup kitchens and mobile food delivery programs! Apply to be selected to win a $20,000 grant from Walmart.

Are you a food pantry, soup kitchen or food delivery program that would benefit from additional funds to better serve people in your local community? This holiday season, Walmart will provide $1.5 million in support of 75 food pantries* across the country, based on votes by the public through its holiday giving campaign.

The application for Walmart’s holiday giving program is now open and will close on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 11:59 pm EDT. The invitation code is jholiday.

Applications will be reviewed by Walmart. Agencies that are selected by Walmart for voting purposes will be uploaded to Walmart’s website, and those that receive the most votes through various online channels will receive a $20,000 grant to support infrastructure and equipment improvements.

For questions about agency eligibility, the project application or submission process, please send an email directly to Don’t miss your chance to win!

You will have to create a password and supply information on your program's 501c3.  Have this documentation ready to help speed up the application process.  Hurry!  The application is due by 11:59 pm this Sunday, November 9th!
*Walmart’s holiday giving program is open to food pantries, soup kitchens, and mobile food delivery services that serve the public and are operated by 501(c)(3) charities only. Please note that program eligibility is not limited to agencies affiliated with Good Shepherd Food Bank or Feeding America food banks. This program is not administered by Good Shepherd Food Bank or by Feeding America.
GSFB Network is a blog for partner agencies of Good Shepherd Food Bank focused on feeding Maine's hungry.