General Assistance / Food Pantry

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*General Assistance*

 

NOTE: Please see our General Assistance Fact Sheet with information regarding GA during the COVID-19 pandemic. In person interviews are not available at this time. The Fact Sheet provides information on how to apply remotely. [Updated 3.30.2020]

Please call Valerie Fitzgerald at 207-553-5937 or 207-253-9669 for more information.   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. 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.

The Town of Falmouth G.A. Ordinance HERE

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.

Click here for FAQs pertaining to General Assistance. Click here for our COVID-19 related General Assistance Fact Sheet

*Falmouth Food Pantry*

 

Note: The Falmouth Food Pantry building is currently closed, but volunteers are still meeting the Pantry's mission of getting food to those in need. Food Pantry volunteers continue to deliver pre-packed boxes of non-perishable food to homes that need food assistance. In addition, the Food Pantry is continuing to distribute food for those who need help. Volunteers will be in front of the Food Pantry building (271 Falmouth Road) on the following Fridays a little before 9:30 a.m.: June 5, June 19, July 3, July 17, August 7, and August 21. They will distribute until all the supplies have been given out or until 11:00 a.m.

If you have a food emergency, please call the Falmouth Food Pantry emergency line 632-2687 (primary) or 781-2996 (secondary). Leave your name and phone number. The Food Pantry is not accepting food donations at this time nor, given current operations, are they seeking additional volunteers.

At this time the best way to support the Falmouth Food Pantry is through monetary donations. Donations should be made payable to the Falmouth Food Pantry and mailed to: 279 Middle Road, Falmouth, ME 04105. Donations can also be made online via PayPal at:

Additionally, Rivalries restaurant in Falmouth is collecting donations of grocery store gift cards on behalf of the Food Pantry. Safe drop-off is available between 11:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at 2 Hat Trick Drive. Call 747-4020 upon arrival for instructions. [Updated 5.20.2020]

The Falmouth Food Pantry is located at 271 Falmouth Road, Falmouth Maine 04105.

It operates within a section of the The Falmouth Town Hall.
 
The Falmouth Food Pantry serves families from the following communities: Falmouth, Westbrook, Cumberland, Yarmouth and Portland.
Proof of Residency Required.
 
The Food Pantry regular hours every month are:
  •   1st and 3rd Monday from 9:00-11:00AM
  •    2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday from 9:30-11:30AM
  •    2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursday from 4:30-6:30PM
The Pantry is not open on major holidays or school “Snow Days.”
 
In an EMERGENCY please call Dorothy at 207-781-2996
 
If you need INFORMATION or to make DONATIONS, please call (207) 632-2687
 
To Volunteer, please call Nancy at (207) 781-4670
 
Also Food and supplies may be dropped off at the Falmouth Food Pantry during operating hours, the Town Hall during business hours, the Falmouth Memorial Library, 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”)
Plain white rice
 
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.