The Junior League of Portland, ME is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Thank you to our sponsors, for their partnership and the support they provided in our Sixth Annual Freeze Out Hunger.
We hope all who attended enjoyed their evening.
In 2009, the Junior League of Portland, ME adopted hunger and food insecurity as its charitable focus area and hosted its first annual Freeze Out Hunger gala, at which point Maine ranked 9th in the nation and first in New England in terms of food insecurity. In partnership with the Good Shepherd Food Bank, the Junior League launched the BackPack Program in 2010 to provide food insecure children with easy-to-prepare meals during weekends and school vacations. Since its launch, the Junior League’s BackPack Program has served over 1,000 children at 39 sites across Maine.
In that time, Maine has made great strides in the face of hunger and food insecurity, as it now ranks 18th in the nation and second in New England in terms of food insecurity. The BackPack Program’s turn-key model allows it to continue to expand throughout schools in Maine under the leadership of the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Meanwhile, the Junior League of Portland, ME is conducting research to identify key issues currently lacking community support in southern Maine.