General Assistance

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The Town of Falmouth has a General Assistance program for people in need.  This program provides confidential financial assistance to residents who are having difficulty meeting basic needs for housing, utilities and food.  The program is funded by local property taxes with 50% reimbursement from the state.  
If you are having difficulty meeting basic needs such as housing, utilities (electricity and heating fuel), and food, the town of Falmouth is required to take your application for General Assistance. Applications will be taken at the Town Hall on Thursdays from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Please call Valerie Fitzgerald at  207-699-5344 to schedule an appointment.

The Town is required to have someone available 24 hours a day to take applications in case of a life threatening situation. If this is an EMERGENCY and the office is closed, please call 807-2055.

The Town must issue a written decision regarding eligibility to all applicants within 24 hours of receiving a signed application with proper documentation.

If the Town of Falmouth refuses to take your application, or if you disagree with a decision that was made or have questions, you can call the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.  Their toll free number is 1-800-442-6003.  This phone is answered Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  If you call after 5:00 P.M., please leave a message with a phone number.  You will be contacted on the next business day.

Falmouth has an ordinance describing the rules for our General Assistance program.

You can also see a copy of the State’s General Assistance law at the Town Clerk’s office, or online at http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/22/title22ch1161sec0.html

This notice is posted pursuant to Maine law at:  Title 22 MRSA §§4304-4305.

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Food Pantry

Falmouth Food Pantry has relocated to the Town Hall in the space formerly occupied by the Falmouth Police Department.
 
The Falmouth Food Pantry has been serving the needs of Falmouth Citizens, as well as other Cumberland County residents, for over 25 years.
 
Four volunteer managers work with other volunteers to serve clients at the Pantry, bring meals to some clients, meet large food deliveries, and stock the shelves.
 
The Food Pantry regular hours every month are:
First and Third Monday - 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Second and Fourth Tuesday -10:00 am - 11:30 am
Second and Fourth Thursday - 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
 
The Pantry is not open on major holidays or school “Snow Days.”
 
If you need emergency assistance, please call 632-2687 or 781-2996.
 
Food and supplies may be dropped off at the Falmouth Food Pantry during operating hours, the Town Hall during business hours, or Falmouth churches.
 
Items currently needed:
Cereals (both cold and hot)
Canned meats and fish (i.e., spam, chicken, tuna fish)
Canned soup (especially low sodium or “healthy”)
Canned fruit (in juice or “light”)
 

Human Services Committee

The Town has a Human Services Committee. This committee reviews social service agency funding requests and makes determinations for funding on an annual basis.
 
Applications to apply for this funding are available on June 1st, and funds are approved on a fiscal year basis, starting on July 1 and ending June 30. Funding determinations are made in early fall. Please contact the Town Clerk’s office for more information on how to submit an application to the Human Services Committee.