For 30 Years

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Serving the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont, and Mt. Desert,


Caring Lives Here

It's good to live someplace where people care.

The Westside Food Pantry continues to put caring into practice.  Anyone who comes to the Pantry is asked the same first question: "Are you a neighbor?  Do you live among us?" That's it, nothing more. If you live here that's all the Pantry has to know.  This is the place where caring lives and gives.

Around here we don't conduct "means testing " or perform a "needs assessment." The simplest way to show that we care is to respond to the neighbor standing right in front of us.

The Westside Food Pantry receives simple donations in the form of money, volunteered time, a fund raising effort, an exchange of a kind word between neighbors on distribution Sundays and these turn into help where our neighbors need it.


Simply put: Caring lives here.

Important Announcements

Covid-19 Precautions

For the safety of all concerned and until further notice, Pantry distributions will be moved from Harbor House Community Center to St. John Episcopal Church, 315 Main St., Southwest Harbor.  A walk-up window will be utilized and is located on the south side of the church building.  At the window present your identification card and your pre-packaged vouchers will be sent through the window.  To register for Pantry benefits proceed to the window on the east side of the church door. Please keep the appropriate 6 feet between persons waiting in line and wear face covering.

Distribution Schedule Extended

The 2020-21 Distribution Season has been extended beyond the April dates.  Voucher distribution will be conducted for all registered neighbors at St. John Episcopal Church, 315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor on the following dates and times:

Sunday, May 2, Noon to 2 PM

Sunday, May 16, Noon to 1 PM

Sunday, June 6, Noon to 2 PM

Sunday, June 20, Noon to 1 PM

Safe Distribution Protocol: Here's How It Works

At the "first window" a neighbor presents ID card and Beth retrieves the pre-packaged vouchers.

At the "second window" Susan and Dean register new neighbors and write vouchers, as well as retrieve account numbers for those who forgot their ID cards.

And, "outside" Barbara welcomes neighbors, makes announcements, answers questions, and reminds us all of distancing and other safety precautions.

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