COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Update

We are open every Thursday from 1-2:30 PM.  In addition, we are open the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 5-6:30 PM. We serve residents of Winthrop and Wayne.

Until further notice,  we are operating with curbside pickup only.  You do not need to call ahead.  We will be giving out prepared boxes of shelf-stable food along with bread, fresh produce, eggs, cheese, and frozen meat.  Diapers and feminine care will also be provided.  Kids Packs are available for pickup every week.

Please stay in your vehicle and pull up to the outside check-in table.  We will load an outside table with your boxes and bags.  Once we are back inside, you may drive up to put the items in your vehicle.  

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 207-377-3332 or email us at  You may also contact us through Facebook messenger, but please be aware that if you message us on a Thursday, we may not see your message until the next day.  If you need help that day, please call.

Please take care of yourselves and each other.

JoEllen Cottrell

Executive Director, Winthrop Food Pantry

COVID-19 Update – March 25, 2020

Another change to our operations as we continually adapt to changing circumstances.

We will be open this Thursday, March 26. Afternoon session is 1-2:30 and evening session is 5-6:30.

We are giving prepared boxes only, including frozen meat, bread, produce, eggs and cheese. We cannot accommodate choice at this time.

Bags/boxes will be picked up on outside tables, no one will come inside the pantry. We ask that you stay in your vehicles until directed to the pickup staging area. There will not be a sign-up sheet outside.

KidsPacks will be available. Diapers and feminine care products will be available.

We serve residents of Winthrop and Wayne.
Questions? Call JoEllen at 377-3332.

COVID-19 Update – March 19, 2020

Things are changing rapidly in response to COVID-19 and we are adapting as quickly as we can.

The Winthrop Food Pantry will be open this Thursday, March 20 from 1:00-2:30 to serve low income residents of Winthrop and Wayne.

For the foreseeable future our operation will be as follows:

  • Clients will not be allowed to enter the food pantry.  A sign-up sheet will be put outside our door at 12:30.  When you arrive, sign in and return to your vehicle until called to check-in.  Please respect social distancing and do not congregate in groups.
  • Only prepared boxes will be given out until further notice. Volunteers will place them on outside tables for you to load into your vehicles.
  • Kids Packs for given to families with school-age children.
  • Diapers and feminine care products will be available.

New clients: Proof of residency is required (current mail, i.e. utility bill), we serve people living in Winthrop and Wayne.

If you are not from Winthrop or Wayne you can find a food pantry in your area by going to

Original Message

A message to the community

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, I want to assure you that the Winthrop Food Pantry is committed to protecting our volunteers and the people we serve. 

The food pantry will remain open and we will continue to serve our community in a manner that keeps all of us safe.  We ask anyone feeling unwell to stay home.  Please ask a friend or family member to come to the food pantry for your food.

We are implementing several changes in the way we operate.  Beginning with our next session, Thursday, March 20, no more than three people will be allowed into the pantry waiting area at one time allowing us to maintain social distancing.  Clients will fill out a list of the items they would like and return to their vehicles to wait while a volunteer fills their order. 

While we are only open to the public during our Thursday afternoon and evening sessions, food pantry volunteers work all week long to make sure the pantry is clean and well-stocked.  We have increased our cleaning efforts, disinfecting frequently touched hard surfaces before, after and during sessions. 

We are monitoring the situation and following recommendations from the CDC, State of Maine and the Town of Winthrop.  We will quickly adapt while continuing to provide food to the people we serve in Winthrop and Wayne. 

Updates will be posted on our website at and our Facebook page.  You can also call the food pantry at 207-377-3332 and leave a message, we will return your call.

Please take care of yourselves and each other.

JoEllen Cottrell

Executive Director, Winthrop Food Pantry