STREET OUTREACH COLLABORATIVE
The Street Outreach Collaborative provides social work services and meals every day on a mobile basis at various stops around Portland, Maine, where unhoused people spend time or have appointments.
Meals are distributed on a scheduled route in the morning and in the afternoon on holidays and weekends with services all day helping connect people with shelter, housing, health services, IDs, clothing, and other things to help them work toward goals. Each weekday afternoon, the Street Outreach Collaborative team focuses on services and meal distribution in a way that is more targeted towards individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness who have barriers to accessing food and other services.
Let us know where you will be! Call 207-775-0026 ext. 1880 and leave your name, number, and where you’re staying to register with the Street Outreach Collaborative team.
Street Outreach Collaborative Schedule
Morning meals are distributed between 10-11:30 am; on weekends and holidays only, afternoon meals will also be distributed between 3:15-4:45 pm.
Additional Food Resources:
- St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen- 307 Congress St (corner of Franklin); M-F 11:00am-12:30pm
- Milestone- Outreach/food distribution on foot in the Bayside neighborhood; M-F 1:30-2:30pm
- Good Shepherd Food Bank Food Map
- If you are sleeping outside and need help getting food or other resources, please call our outreach line at (207) 775-0026 extension 1880.
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