Community Development

Aaron Shapiro

Aaron Shapiro, Director

Cumberland County Community Development Office
142 Federal St. Suite 102
Portland, ME 04101
Tel. 207-871-8380
Fax 207-871-8292



Program Highlights - Naples & Casco, Deliveries to Food Pantries - 2011 Grant

The Towns of Naples and Casco received $8,000 in CDBG funding (2011) to support the nascent "Cupboard Collective" food pantry delivery program. The program, part of Opportunity Alliance's Communities Promoting Health Coalition, coordinates food delivery from urban distribution centers to multiple food pantries in the Lakes Region.

During the 2011 program year the Collective contracted with the Wayside Food Programs to make two deliveries a month to The Food Basket at Crosswalk Community Outreach in Naples and the Casco Alliance Church Food Pantry in Casco and one delivery a month to the Casco Village Church Food Pantry in Casco.

The CDBG funding helped pay for the transport of food, i.e. the cost of moving the truck, - the only expense of the program; all other aspects of the program are contributed via volunteer services and donations. Participating towns are asked to contribute a small partnership fee which, soon, will make the program self-sustaining. Naples and Casco each contributed $1,000 to the program during the first year. The Town of Bridgton, which joined the program in February 2012, also contributed $1,000 for its first term (through July 1, 2012).

Bria White, Program Coordinator for The Cupboard Collective, reported that through June 2012 the following outcomes were achieved:

For more information on the program visit Opportunity Alliance's Communities Promoting Health website.

Click here to download the brochure: Food for You: Resource Guide to food in the Sebago Lakes Region.

Click here to read about the program in the Lakes Region Weekly (Naples & Casco).

Click here to read about the program in The Bridgton News.