General Assistance / Food Pantry

To volunteer at the Food Pantry call Nancy at (207) 781-4670

Click here to download the General Assistance Application Form

General Assistance

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  207-699-5305 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

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

Click here for FAQs pertaining to General Assistance

Falmouth Food Pantry

To volunteer at the Food Pantry for various open needs please call Nancy at (207) 781-4670

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 (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.

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.