When you give to Loaves and Fishes you are helping to provide food assistance for a growing population of children and families affected by food insecurity. Your gift helps us ensure that anyone in Hancock County who needs help can receive it.

    Financial Donations

    Every $1 donated supports our purchase of at least 4 meals for families

    You can give through Paypal (see the donate button) or by check. Checks should be made payable to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and mailed to PO Box 1672, Ellsworth, ME 04605

    Making a monthly gift provides consistent support for our food distributions throughout the year. Contact us to set up a monthly draft from your account.

    Stocks & Securities

    Gifts of appreciated stock have significant tax advantages to you, the donor, and we are pleased to receive stock gifts to support our programs. When you make a gift of appreciated stock, you receive two tax benefits:

    • A deduction for the full market value of the securities, and
    • Avoidance of the tax due on the capital gains.

    Communicating the exact date of transfer is important for establishing the gift's value in accordance with IRS regulations. For your income tax deduction, the value of the gift is the mean between the high and low market value on the transfer date.

    Contact for more information.

    Matching Gifts

    Many employers sponsor programs that match charitable contributions made by their employees, allowing you to double or even triple the value of your gift.

    We will be happy to provide you or your employer with any necessary documentation to facilitate your matching gift. Contact us at

    Donate Food

    Food Donations

    We welcome your donation of non-perishable food, hygiene items, pet food and cat litter. Food items must be in unopened packages and checked for expiration dates. Please have donations in bags or boxes that can be left at the pantry (119 Bucksport Rd., Ellsworth) on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 7am and 1pm.

    We are also able to accept fresh home-grown produce.

    If these drop off hours do not work for you contact us at for other options

    Food Donation Wish List