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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need an appointment?
No, you do not need an appointment. You can simply walk into our pantry during our open hours, register, and then shop our floor – all in the same visit!

2. What information do I need in order to register? Do I need proof of income?
You do not need any proof of income. We do ask that you bring proof of Hancock County residency. Proof of residency is commonly found on IDs (i.e. driver’s license) and official mail (i.e. utility bill). If you are having trouble finding this identification please contact us or come in during pantry hours and we will do our best to work with you.

3. How often can I come and shop?
We welcome you to two shopping trips per month. During the first trip you may shop the whole floor and during the second trip you are welcome to shop from the bulk, perishable meat and dairy, produce, and bakery sections.

4. Can I shop for someone else?
You may shop for someone else if they are already registered. If you are shopping for someone else for the first time we request verbal or written approval.

5. How can I donate?
Monetary donations are accepted online, by mail, and in Serendipity or the pantry. Donations of food products can be left at the Hannaford dropbox or brought to the pantry and left inside or at the door if we are closed. Clothing can be donated at Serendipity. You are also welcome to donate your time – stop by Serendipity or the pantry or sign up for a shift under the volunteer tab on this website.

Our Programs

Grow-A-Row

Grow-A-Row is a partnership between the Bar Harbor Food Pantry and local home gardeners and farmers. Home gardeners and farmers grow and donate surplus produce to the food pantry, allowing the pantry to provide a succession of fresh and nutritious vegetables. 

All fresh veggies can be brought to the food pantry or can be dropped off at the Eden’s Farmer’s Market (Sundays, noon). We offer tax deductible slips. If you are interested in participating please email us at grow@bhfp.org.

Hannaford Fresh Rescue

The Bar Harbor Food Pantry collects donations from Hannaford three times per week. In addition to a customer donation box at Hannaford’s entrance, Hannaford operates a fresh rescue program in collaboration with the pantry. This means that goods close to reaching their sell-by date, or otherwise not to be sold, are donated to the food pantry.

Hannaford’s fresh rescue program is a corporate policy, meaning that every Hannaford location donates to a local food access site. This policy greatly reduces food waste while supporting food security efforts. 

Thank you Hannaford!

Gleaning Initiative

We collect surplus produce and bread from vendors at the Eden and Northeast Farmer’s Markets. Our generous participating vendors include Bahner Farms, Fisher Farms, Sweetpea Farms, and The Breadbox. This initiative both helps to reduce food waste and connects pantry members with fresh and local food.

In addition to gleaning at farmers markets, we partner with Healthy Acadia to receive gleaned produce from Beech Hill Farm through the Downeast Gleaning Initiative

COA Community Garden Plot

With the support of Healthy Acadia’s Downeast Gleaning Initiative and College of the Atlantic professor Suzanne Morse we operate a community garden plot at College of the Atlantic. This plot provides additional fresh, local and organic vegetables to pantry members. In the future we hope to expand this program in order to encourage involvement of pantry members in food cultivation.

Email us at grow@bhfp.org to get involved.