COVID-19 RESPONSE for Eaters, Growers & Businesses

We're collecting information here on COVID-19 Response Resources for Eaters, Growers and Supply Chain Businesses.

Know of a good resource? Email us at mfs@mainefoodstrategy.org or submit your own.


Where to Find & Promote Maine Food

Emergency Food, School Meals

Department of Education has information on where to find school meals.

Good Shepherd Food Bank has information on food pantry locations and hours statewide

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) hosted by ME Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry has a searchable directory of food pantries and emergency food assistance.

For Consumers & Producers

Farm DropHarvest to Market and Forager host online farm markets in Maine, some with local delivery options. Other online platforms are also available - if you have one to share, please contact us!

Institutional Markets looking for NE Products, a matchmaking tool hosted by Farm to Institution New England.

Local Food Anywhere is a searchable online map with information on Maine farm and food businesses.

Maine Federation of Farmers Markets has information on winter farmers markets open in Maine.

Maine Food Atlas has links to farms and emergency food services.

Open Bakeries and Breweries can be found on this site hosted by Maine Grain Alliance.

Portland Food Map lists restaurants in Portland, Bangor, South Portland, and Cape Elizabeth that are doing take-out/curbside food service.

The Farm Product & Pick Up Directory hosted by University of Maine Cooperative Extension has information on available local farm products.

Specifically Seafood

Maine Fish Direct and Maine Seafood Connection are Facebook groups for people buying and selling Maine seafood.

Maine's Working Waterfront - Seafood Direct

Seafood Finder Tool hosted by Local Catch Network

Seafood Map hosted by ME Dept. of Marine Resources with links to seafood companies.


For Farms, Fishermen & Food Businesses

See links above on places to promote local product.

EmergencyCurbside is hosted by Farmhand Automation and is offering completely free technical assistance to farms interested in setting up online ordering and curbside pickup.

Information on health & safety issues related to COVID-19. Information from ME CDC, federal and state partners hosted by ME Dept. of Ag, Conservation and Forestry and updated frequently.

Information pertaining to H2A workers from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Farmer Relief Fund created by American Farmland Trust will award $1,000 grants to farmers.  Deadline 4/23.

Farmer’s Response to Disease Outbreaks Like COVID-19 from UMaine Cooperative Extension.

Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) is partnering with SBA and Maine lenders to offer loans and loan insurance to eligible Maine businesses and sole proprietors affected by COVID-19.  Employees and sole proprietors can apply for loans up to $5,000 with 3 chances to apply for a total of $15,000. Interested borrowers are encouraged to contact their financial institution for assistance.

Maine Dept. of Economic & Community Development has a comprehensive list of Maine and federal financial and other resources for Maine businesses.

Unemployment Insurance benefits have been revised to be more flexible. For employees, the usual one week waiting period for eligibility can be waived in the event of a COVID-19 related layoff. For employers, layoffs associated with COVID-19 will not count against their rating.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance for Maine Small Businesses has a deadline to apply for assistance of December 16, 2020. Contact your local financial institution for guidance with this program.

Weekly Zoom Calls for Growers to connect with each other about adaptation plans and impacts of COVID-19 on their farms. Every morning @ 10 a.m., hosted by UMEXT Staff Donna Coffin.