Help with Food and Finances

Support for Meeting Basic Needs

New! Unemployment Benefits for Self-employed People The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program provides unemploment benefits to people who are self-employed. Learn more about the program. See if you are eligible to receive benefits. Click HERE to apply.

Maine Food Assistance Programs including the Maine Food Supplement Program (also known as SNAP and formerly known as Food Stamps), Women, Infants, and Children Special Nutrition Assistance Program (WIC), and Maine Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF.) See My Maine Connection to check your eligibility and to apply.

Rent Relief for Mainers The MaineHousing COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. The program is designed to provide a one time bridge payment of up to $500, until the federal relief funds get to the individuals who need them. Learn more and APPLY HERE.

DOWNLOAD Resources for Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic View online for active links to resources. Links are also available in the list below.

Could you or anyone you know use a weekly check-in call from friendly, caring EOC volunteers? Email the EOC and ask to have your/their name and phone number added to the Pandemic Storm Call List. People on the Call List receive reassurance from EOC volunteers, get help with challenges they are facing, and are given accurate, up-to-date information about Vinalhaven Covid-19 issues and guidelines. Anyone may be added to the Call List.

Local Help with Food

Little Free Food Pantry located in front of the Fire Station/Public Safety Building has free staples for anyone in need. No questions asked, nothing to sign up for, just come by and get what you need.


The Brown Door at the Union Church offers free grocery staples. Contact Holly 207-363-3423


Community Lunchbox delivers prepared meals on Mondays. Contact Candi 207-863-2001


Meals on Wheels delivers prepared meals to those unable to leave their homes. Contact Linda 207-863-9980 or 207-863-9343 or Shelly 207-863-2058


Open Bible Baptist Church Corona Virus Relief Fund (CVRF) will purchase and deliver food for anyone in need. Contact Cathy 207-286-2550 Kate 207-409-2969 or Maggie 207-863-2185


ICMS will pay for deliveries from any business downtown. Call Vinalhaven Taxi to arrange deliveries 207-720-0056


Local Help with Finances

General Assistance Local assistance for residents with difficulty paying for basic necessities. Contact your local GA administrator for more information.  


Vinalhaven Community Outreach (VCO) VCO has set up a COVID-19 fund to help islanders who are directly financially affected by the virus. Donations may be made to VCO, PO Box 15, VH with Covid-19 in the memo. People seeking assistance should email VCO.