MDI Food Access Project
The MDI Food Access Project provides FREE healthy meals, non-perishable food, and fresh produce to residents of Mount Desert Island, the Outer Islands, and Trenton. Our food delivery van makes several scheduled stops each week. This project aims to reduce food access barriers, decrease duplication of island services, and address unmet food insecurity in MDI’s more remote communities.
THE GOOD FOOD BOX
Each participant will be provided with a food box on a weekly basis containing prepared meals, pantry items, and fresh produce at no cost. The food boxes will be offered at pick-up sites every Saturday and at-home delivery options will be available to those who qualify. The Spring Session 2021 of The Good Food Box will be offered for a period of three months from March 13, 2021, through June 5, 2021. This program will continue to run year-round and Spring participants will be informed once the registration process has opened up for our Summer Session 2021. Please note that to participate in this program you must be a resident of Hancock County.
This program is in collaboration with the Bar Harbor Food Pantry and does NOT disqualify or change one’s ability to utilize the food pantry as needed.
After reviewing the information provided, we will contact you via email, phone, or mail to confirm your participation in this program and provide you with details about pick-up locations. Distribution of our Spring Session 2021 Good Food Box will begin on Saturday, March 13, 2021, and run until Saturday, June 5, 2021.
If you would prefer to print and mail your registration, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you new to the MDI Food Access Project? Explore some Frequently Asked Questions – and we hope to see you soon!
Why Do People Participate in the MDI Food Access Project?
People participate in the MDI Food Access Project for a wide variety of reasons:
To receive a delicious and healthy meal
To receive organic produce from the Healthy Acadia Gleaning Program and Beech Hill Farm
To receive non-perishable food from the Bar Harbor Food Pantry
To learn more about other resources available in the community
To allow their weekly food budget to go a little bit further
Where Does the MDI Food Access Project Van Stop?
During sessions, the MDI Food Access Project van makes regular stops every Saturday to the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor and the Community Health Center in Southwest Harbor.
What Can I Expect in a Typical Food Box?
Here’s what you can expect in your weekly box:
Prepared vegetarian meals from Open Table MDI (lasagna, chili, etc. with vegan and gluten-free options available)
Pantry items from Bar Harbor Food Pantry (rice, dried beans, pasta sauce, etc.)
Fresh produce from Beech Hill Farm and the Healthy Acadia Gleaning Initiative (carrots, onions, cabbage, etc.)
Contents will be 100% vegetarian and vary based on seasonal availability.
Are There Delivery Options?
All food boxes for program participants are delivered to designated pick-up locations each week. However, if program participants experience transportation challenges getting to these pick-up locations, we can sometimes offer delivery of boxes directly to individual homes. Please contact our MDI Food Access Project Coordinator for more information.
How Do People Learn About the MDI Food Access Project?
There are many different ways people learn about the MDI Food Access Project:
word of mouth and referrals from others
friends and family
school administration and teachers
health care professionals
Our Facebook and Instagram page
Local Facebook groups