Resources to help families during COVID-19

Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment insurance is available for people who have lost employment through no fault of their own. New federal legislation has increased and expanded unemployment benefits, so people who are self-employed may apply. The best way to find out if you are eligible is to apply.

Free School Meals 

  • Breakfast and lunch available as delivery or pickup in most Maine communities. To find meals close to you, visit
  • Submit your School Meal Application.  Applying for school meal benefits helps your school get more funding to support important educational and nutrition programs. If you qualify for free meals now, your child will receive free school meals through Fall 2020 when you can reapply.
  • Apply Here:

Food Assistance

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  • For more information & application:
  • If you have lost SNAP benefits in the past, you may be eligible again! New laws have suspended work requirements and the three month time limit.

Find your local food pantry

General Assistance

  • Everyone has a right to apply for General Assistance (GA) at your municipal office. GA can be used to pay for basic necessities, including shelter, rent, food, heat, electricity, and medicine. Currently all applications will be considered emergency applications. 

Need help navigating public assistance programs, applying for benefits, or appealing a decision?

Maine Equal Justice:

Pine Tree Legal Assistance: