“We can never say ‘It’s enough’ while our friends and neighbors go hungry.” ~Catherine McAuley
In addition to providing fresh produce and nonperishable goods to those in need, Catherine’s Cupboard offers many community programs. From our Lending Library to our Children’s Corner, there’s something for everyone.
List of available programs (*times and dates may vary):
- Children’s Corner Crafts (ongoing*)
- Lending Library (ongoing*)
- Cooking Classes (when scheduled*)
- Farm Projects (seasonal*)
- Clothing Closet (Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m.* weather permitting)
- Kids Backpack Program (first and third Wednesdays every month*)
Standish Town Hall
- Open each Wednesday evening, 5-6:30 p.m.
Note: Closed when Standish public schools are closed due to weather (RSU 6).
Catherine's Cupboard is open and available to residents of Cumberland County and parts of York County, Maine. Registered clients are eligible to regularly receive food once per calendar month. However, no pre-registration is necessary.
Providing Sustainable Solutions
Besides handing out food, the pantry, which serves nearly 1,500 people:
- educates families;
- teaches them how to garden;
- and how to cook healthy foods.
In addition, we have opened Catherine’s Closet where clean, donated clothing and blankets are handed out to families in the region each Wednesday as well, from 5-6:30 p.m., weather permitting.
How Can You Help?
Catherine’s Cupboard runs 100% on donations. We are always looking for community partners to work with us to end hunger in Maine. Volunteers are also in demand and vital to the success of our programs.
Want to be a part of something wonderful and lend a hand to help others? Volunteer to set up and distribute food on Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. or 4-7 p.m.
Catherine's Cupboard accepts both monetary donations and donations of goods and services.
For monetary donations, please mail cash or check (payable to Catherine's Cupboard) to:
Saint Joseph's College
278 Whites Bridge Rd
Standish, ME 04084
For donations of goods (including food) and services, see individual instructions below:
- Food items and miscellaneous hygiene products may be deposited in the donation receptacles located at the Standish Town Hall and around the College.
- To donate all other items or services, please contact Monica Gerrish at 207-893-7790 or
We supply the CLYNK bags and stickers. You fill them up with returnable bottles and cans. It’s that simple!
Drop-off locations are available at all participating Hannaford locations. 100% of proceeds go directly to Catherine’s Cupboard Food Pantry, making it an easy way to give back. For more information on participating in the program, email Monica Gerrish at
Together, we can make a difference.
Catherine's Cupboard Food Pantry was founded in April, 2008, by the College's Mercy Center, the Town of Standish, and Bon Appétit Management Company, as a collaborative outreach of Saint Joseph's. Campus Ministry received an endowment from Andrew & Helen McSween through Saint
Joseph's College to conduct good works in the Town of Standish. Initially operated out of the Steep Falls fire station, the Town of Standish has since provided space in its new municipal center, greatly increasing the capacity for service. In addition to providing
food assistance, Catherine's Cupboard puts on programs that service the community, such as Kid's Corner, occasional health screenings, and educational activities for all ages.