Neighbors Feeding Neighbors

Open Table MDI believes that access to nutritious food is a basic human right and we recognize that the health and safety of our neighbors is key to keeping our communities vital. We know that the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has caused major disruptions for the careers of many individuals who earn income through their work on Mount Desert Island.
In response, Open Table MDI has launched a “Neighbors Feeding Neighbors” Program. This program will award a weekly grant of $500 (for families) or $250 (for individuals/couples) in the form of Hannaford, A&B Naturals or Southwest Harbor Food Mart Gift Cards to locals whose income is being adversely impacted by COVID-19. The first round of applications will be received on a rolling basis between May 1 – June 24, 2020 and will continue as long as funds are available.
ELIGIBILITY
Any families or individuals (18+) who are year-round residents of Mount Desert Island or the Town of Trenton, and feel they are facing economic hardship related to COVID-19, are welcome to apply. Only one request per family or individual, please. Once you have applied, there is no need to apply again. We will keep your application on file and alert you if you’ve been selected.
If you need assistance completing this application or know someone who does, please call 207.664.9026 or contact us here.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
  1. Fill out the application by clicking the “Apply Here” button on this page.
  2. Each Friday, by 4:00pm, our committee will select one family OR two individuals/couples. Those selected will be contacted by a representative of Open Table MDI and we will coordinate either mailing your card or arranging for pick-up. A family will receive a $500 gift card and individuals/couples will receive a $250 gift card.
  3. Due to confidentiality, we will not be announcing the recipient(s) publicly. If you are selected, we will contact you directly via phone or email.
  4. Gift cards can be selected from Hannaford, A&B Naturals OR Southwest Harbor Food Mart. You must choose one or the other. Those selecting A&B Naturals will receive an additional 20% off their order, each time they use their card to shop. Thank you A&B Naturals!
  5. Gift cards cannot be used for alcohol or tobacco purchases or for the purchase of other gift cards.
NON-DISCRIMINATION
No person shall be discriminated against on the basis of age, race, gender, gender identity and expression, country of origin, social-economic status, faith background, marital status and family structure, mental and physical ability, immigration status, or sexual orientation.
PRIVACY AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY
Open Table MDI recognizes that every person has different needs and circumstances, therefore, all applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Open Table MDI will treat each applicant with care, dignity, and confidentiality. Open Table MDI is committed to protecting your privacy and safety. Whenever you provide personal information, we will treat this information in accordance with this policy, current United States data protection legislation, and internet best practice.
All applications received by Open Table MDI will be initially processed by our Executive Director and/or our Secretary of the Board. All names and addresses will be redacted from the applications to ensure there is no conflict of interest. The applications will then be passed along to a selection committee comprised of members of our Board and community members, who will choose a recipient based entirely on need. Board members of Open Table MDI or their immediate family are not eligible to apply.
For questions or more information, please call 207.664.9026 or contact us here.