Maine has the highest child hunger rate in New England and one of the highest in the nation. One in five Maine children regularly experiences food insecurity. One in three students in Cumberland County and more than half in the Portland schools are at risk of going hungry.

Why do we provide food at school for students to take home?

  • Schools are the most convenient place for children to access healthy food that might not be available at home.
  • With federal school meals programs providing children from low-income families with school breakfast and lunch, the times children are most likely to go hungry are in the evenings, during weekends and over school breaks, including the summer months.


Learning capacity, school absenteeism, behavioral problems, and serious health issues among students can be addressed in large part simply by helping kids access the nutrition they need to thrive.

There is enough healthy food to share with every child in need of good nutrition.

Through our partnerships with the Good Shepherd Food Bank, The Opportunity Alliance, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, Portland Housing Authority, local markets, farmers and gardeners, the Locker Project is able to provide nutritious food to Maine children in need, both during the school day and to take home to share with their families.