Seeds of Hope

Neighborhood Center

Biddeford Maine Area Resource List

Food Resources


Department of Health & Human   Services: DHHS

208 Graham St, Biddeford

(behind Burger King)


Apply for Food Stamp, TANF and other programs.


Community Meal Program

Most Holy Trinity Church

Main St., Saco


Free evening meals served Monday and Thursday at 5pm


Bon Appétit Meal Program

2nd Congregational Church

19 Crescent St., Biddeford


Free evening meals

Monday – Friday  5:00 pm


Stone Soup Food Pantry

316 Main St, Biddeford 


Weekly pantry with breads and produce

No Residential restrictions

Clothing Closet and wish list for household items and furniture.


Salvation Army

2 Sixth St., Old Orchard Beach,


Emergency and monthly food pantry

No Residential restrictions

Have winter coats in late fall


In a Pinch: non food pantry

35 South Street, Biddeford 

Monthly non food pantry

2nd and 4th Tuesday of month 4 – 7 pm

Eat Well  Program

University of Maine Cooperative Extension, York County Extension Office Springvale, Maine 04083

207 324-2814 or 1-800 287-1535 For those eligible to receive food stamps: education in cooking, budgeting and planning meals.  Your choice of one-on-one visits in your home, small group classes or Eat Well by Mail Course


Friends of Community Action Food Pantry

162 Elm St, Biddeford 


Monthly pantry for Biddeford residents only, must receive Food Stamps, Maine Care or Medicaid.


Saco Food Pantry

67 Ocean Park Rd, Saco


Monthly pantry

Monday – Friday 9 – 11 am


Jean Davis Memorial Food Pantry

United Methodist Church, Corner of Fountain and Washington Ave.


Monthly pantry that serves OOB residents only.

Monday and Wednesday 9 – 11 am


Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center

35 South Street 

Biddeford, Maine 04005 


Open Tue-Fri, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Small amount of donated food and non-food items for extreme emergency situations.

Children and Family



Any parent wishing to find quality child care in the York County

(207) 324-0735 or 888-917-1100 Offers a voucher program to assist income eligible families. Parents must either be working or in school. Qualifying families pay no more than 10% of their income for childcare.


St. Louis Child Development Center 

229 Pool St.

PO Box 645 

Biddeford, ME  04005 

Phone: 282-3790 Fax: 282-1694

Mon.-Fri.  6:30AM-5:30PM

Vouchers Accepted

Affordable Quality Child Care/School Readiness Skills


STRONG Fathers


6 Spruce Street 

Sanford, ME 04072 

Offers programs to fathers and father figures in the Biddeford area and through out York County.

1-1 mentoring, support groups, skills classes and workshops.        Jeff Hodgdon, Community Educator, (207) 459-2917 or 1-800-965-5762 x 2917

Brian Clark, Program Mananager,       (207) 459-2976  or 1-800-965-5762 x 2976


Joyful Harvest N.C.

Free afterschool programs

Limited Clothing and School Supplies pantry

34 Water St., Biddeford 



Child Protective Hotline



Nutrition education, coupons for nutritious foods, health screenings, breastfeeding support, farmer's market coupons.

321 Elm St, Biddeford 



Parent Resource Center: Information & Referral Services, Parenting classes and support groups, assistance with toys or books, assistance with infant care items strollers, bathtubs etc and or call 324-1371


Healthy Families:

Home visits, support, referrals, education, developmental play group; first time parents in community served by Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital.   490-7706


Southern Maine Parent Awareness: helps families expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of their children and young adults with disabilities.



Child Abuse Prevention Council- a community-based nonprofit organization committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect in all its forms throughout the county.   985-5975


Head Start Biddeford


School Readiness


Open Hands Open Hearts

Children’s clothing and

birthday gifts

67 Ocean Park Rd, Saco


Tues. 5-7pm; Thurs. 9-11; Sat. 9-12

Health Centers


Biddeford Free Clinic

189 Alfred St 


Monday & Thursday 6 - 9 pm

Must have no medical insurance


Leavitt's Mill Free Health Center

63 Main Street 

Buxton, ME 04093 


Free primary care to the uninsured and underinsured. All services by appointment only. You must become a patient of the health center in order to access services.

Medical Clinics, Physical Therapy,

Dental Hygiene, Medication assistance


Visiting Nurse Services

Adult and new mother care



Planned Parenthood

GYN Health care for women



Community Dental

57 Bara Rd, Suite 3, Biddeford 

Take MaineCare and sliding fee



York County

Community Health Care

32 Patriot Lane and 123A Emery St., Sanford


Clinics Offer medical, dental, and mental health services to York County residents of all ages, Accepts: MaineCare, Medicare, private insurance and sliding scale for those with no insurance.



Southern Maine Medical Center

Apply for free or discounted medical services through the billing department.




Mental Health Crisis Response



Maine Poison Center 




Employment and Job Hunting Assistance


Springvale CareerCenter

9 Bodwell Court 

Springvale, Me. 04083 



TTY 1-888-697-2913

M-F am to 5pm

Full service CareerCenter operated by the Maine Department of Labor.

Access to computers, job search workshops, one on one employment counseling, retraining opportunities


Goodwill Workforce Solutions

Park One Eleven

Alfred St, Suite 102

Biddeford, Me. 04005 


M-Th. am to 4 pm

offering employment and training services. Federal funded retraining programs for dislocated workers and low income individuals.


Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center

35 South Street 

Biddeford, Maine 04005


Open Tue-Fri, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Center is staffed on Tuesday and Friday by a volunteer dedicated to assisting Biddeford residents with job search, interview skills and resume writing.


Women Work and Community

Career Counseling and education

Not just for Women

University of Maine, Saco Island




York County Community College

112 College Drive
Wells, ME 04090-5341


(207) 646-9282 or 1-800-580-3820




Job Placement Services


CoWork Staffing Services

243 Main St, Saco




Park 111 Alfred St., Suite 101



Labor Ready

29 Congress St., Portland 



Bonney Staffing Center

5 Washington Ave, 3rd floor, Biddeford



Maine Staffing Services

483 Elm St, Biddeford 



Adecco Employment Services

20 Free St, Portland



Kelly Services

50 Donald B. Dean Dr, Suite 2,

S. Portland 



At Work Personnel Services

190 Riverside St., Portland 


Winter or Financial Assistance


York County Community Action

 321 Elm ST, Biddeford 283-2402

6 Spruce St, Sanford  324-5762

Community Outreach: Connect persons in need with community

resources, provide information and referral; serve as advocates,

look for funds that provide emergency assistance for shelter, utilities or heat.

Access to Justice: Legal Advocate provides information about legal system and helps with paperwork and procedures from court.

CA$H Campaign: information on tax credits, free tax preparation, matched savings for education, homeownership and business startup. Education and assistance with personal finance.

LIHEAP: Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance Program; heating fuel, electrical and phone assistance.


Salvation Army

2 Sixth St., Old Orchard Beach,


Coats for Kids, and food pantry, Emergency Assistance with heat, electricity, and rent for residents of Arundel, Biddeford, Dayton, Old Orchard Beach and Saco,

1–3 pm, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri



Drop-in/Warming Center

Seeds of Hope NC

35 South Street 

Biddeford, Maine 04005


Open Tues-Fri, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Center is open to permit guests to turn down heat at home, come join us for snacks, conversation


Keeping Neighbors Warm (KNW):  Residents of Arundel, Biddeford, Buxton, Dayton, Hollis, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach, Saco only.  Apply via each town’s general assistance office.  However, the Salvation Army in OOB can also take applications for those from Arundel, Dayton, OOB, Saco and BiddefordSouthern Maine Area Agency on Aging (SMAAA) will also be able to take applications from seniors in the KNW service area.


York Housing Home Share:  Helps match homeowners with people looking for a place to live.  Staff introduces individuals that are found to be compatible, helps them to develop a home sharing agreement, and offers follow-up counsel if a match is made. FMI:  Kami Mace at  or go to             



211Maine-is perhaps the most important resource you need to know about.  It is a list of 1000’s of health and social services, updated regularly, and accessed by calling 211, toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Specially trained operators work with you to determine your need and provide resource contact information.  The directory is also available online at


General Assistance: located at town or city offices




Winter and Finance Assistance Cont.


Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) through Maine State Housing (


HELP loans may be used to finance: home energy audits, insulation, air sealing, and weather stripping; heating system repair or replacement, energy star rated windows and appliances, storm doors and storm windows; ventilation and moisture controls; and roof repairs (if attic is insulated to a minimum R38 value).


Weatherization Program             

Eligibility and referral for weatherization starts with an approved LIHEAP application. YCCAC – 324-5762

Referrals go automatically and directly from LIHEAP to Weatherization.  There is no need to make another call, ask for the service or complete another application during intake.


Keep ME Warm Winterization: Teams of volunteers have been trained to assess need and then install winterization materials in LIHEAP eligible homes.


Those interested should call 211, specifying that they are interested in winterization not weatherization.  Materials are limited and provided on a first come first serve basis.


Refrigerator/Appliance Replacement Program:

Eligible for LIHEAP

Refrigerator or Freezer 1995 or older

Live in a mobile or single family home Referrals go automatically and directly from LIHEAP ask for the service or complete another application during intake.



CHIP (Central Heating Improvement Program)— Referrals go automatically and directly from LIHEAP ask for the service or complete another application during intake.


Maine Home Repair Network: York County Community Action Program, 6 Spruce St., Sanford. 1-800-965-5762 or 324-5762 x 2959:   Grants or loans to low income homeowners who may not be able to afford necessary home repairs and home replacement. Income guidelines apply. 


Bundle Up!  Central Maine Power:


Income eligible households.

Receive Hot Water Heater insulation kits, pipe insulation, energy efficient shower heads, faucet aerators, tub spout safety cover. $20 contractor installed, $10 Do It Yourself


Efficiency  Efficiency Maine is a statewide effort to promote the more efficient use of electricity, help Maine residents and businesses reduce energy costs, and improve Maine's environment. Efficiency Maine is funded by electricity consumers and administered by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.


York County Cooperative Extension Service:  21 Bradeen Street, Suite 302, Springvale, ME 04083 Phone: (207) 324-2814 or 800-287-1535 (in Maine) Staff is available for workshops on energy conservation and saving that you organize/host. Extensive catalog of energy saving and money savings brochures and booklets that can be downloaded for free! 

Rules, Regulations and Consumer Assistance


Maine Office of Attorney General: Consumer Home Heating Rights: The Attorney General has issued rules that regulate the sale of home heating oil during the winter months, from October 15 through April 30. One of the basic consumer rights detailed in these Rules is that an oil dealer cannot refuse to deliver to an established customer* even if the customer owes the dealer money, providing the following three conditions are met:

·       The consumer has cash or government guaranteed payment to pay for the oil being requested;

·       The dealer regularly serves the consumer’s area; and

·       The consumer requests at least 20 gallons.

The dealer does not have to make an emergency or unscheduled delivery (unless they do that for established customers*) but must make a delivery the next scheduled trip to the area.  The dealer does have the right to charge for an unscheduled or emergency delivery. 

*An established customer is one who has recently received at least 2 deliveries from the dealer.  Once one has become an established customer, the dealer must provide the same service given other established customers. 

To view the rules go to  Chapter 19: Consumer Home Heating Rights (PDF)These rules also cover, when used for home heating, natural gas and electricity: Chapter 19, section 7 and LP Gas (propane): Chapter 19, section 5.


LP Gas: The Attorney General’s Office considers it to be an unfair trade practice to refuse to supply LP Gas or any other heating fuel to cash customers.  This rule applies even if the customer owes the company money.  If the dealer establishes an unreasonably high minimum delivery amount this is also in violation of the unfair trade practices act.  The AG’s office suggests a minimum delivery guideline whatever is larger: 50 gallons or 50% of the total ASME system or 50% of the ICC/DOT equipment installation which.  Please see Chapter 19: Consumer Home Heating Rights (PDF), section 5. for details.

Natural Gas: regulated by the Maine PUC.  Chapter 19: Consumer Home Heating Rights (PDF)., section 7 covers Natural Gas service.  For clarification and assistance call the PUC’s Consumer Helpline or go to their website.  See below:

Public Utilities Division, Consumer Assistance Division: 1-800-452-4699 or 287-3831  Answers questions and provides complaint resolution services for several utilities, including electric and natural gas.

Federal Trade Commission

Protecting America’s Consumers

If you feel a debt collector is being unfair contact the Maine Attorney General at or call 207-626-8800
Pine Tree Legal Assistance: 88 Federal St., Portland.  774-8211,  Provides free legal assistance to low income Mainers.  Website includes information about housing, tenant’s rights, family law, consumer law, healthcare etc.  Web site also includes Maine Benefits Checklist: which has eligibility and application information about various benefits.  Includes Food Stamp and TANF benefit estimator

Legal Services for the Elderly: 1-800-750-5353,   Provides free, high quality legal services to Maine’s socially and economically needy elderly age 60 and over.

Maine Equal Justice: 1-800-626-7059  does public policy work and education about issues effecting people with low incomes.  There website has information and resources about many services. 


Federal Trade Commission

Protecting America’s Consumers

If you feel a debt collector is being unfair contact the Maine Attorney General at or call 207-626-8800





York County Shelters

Alfred 324-1137

Programs to assist with housing and temporary shelter for homeless or those in danger of becoming homeless.


Online Rental Listing Service

Free for both landlords and renters


St. Andre’s Home

Elm St. Biddeford

282-3351 or 284-7436

Residential and educational services for single mothers and pregnant teens.


Caring Unlimited

490-3227 or 1-800-238-7298

A safe place, someone to talk with or support during or after domestic abuse or violence.


Maine Way Transitional Home

Call for interview 282-2003

For single adults to transition from homeless to independent.



Women recovering from substance abuse. 1-603-436-2218


Our Fathers House

Sober houses for men and women.

571-4981 or 467-5697

York Housing Home Share:  Helps match homeowners with people looking for a place to live.  Staff introduces individuals that are found to be compatible, helps them to develop a home sharing agreement, and offers follow-up counsel if a match is made. FMI:  Kami Mace at  or go to


Subsidized Housing Agencies

Call and ask about filing an application, some vouchers are attached to the apartment.

For more agencies ask for a MaineHousing Complexes list, or go to and click on your county



282-0032 or 1-888-294-3551


The Caleb Foundation



Phoenix Management




R&E Associates



Dirigo Management



Alpha Management



Realty Resources


Senior Services


Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging

For more than 35 years, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) has served as the area’s leading resource on information, programs and services to improve the well-being of seniors living in Cumberland and York counties

136 U.S. Route One
Scarborough, ME 04074
207-396-6500 or 1-877-353-3771
TTY for hearing impaired 207-883-0532



PROP -  Senior

Volunteer Programs

Foster Grandparents

Senior Companions

By joining the Senior Volunteer Program, volunteers (55+) can make a difference in someone’s life while having a great time and earning a little extra money.

207-773-0202 OR 800-698-4969



PROP Senior

Companion Program

Provides connection, Individual attention, unhurried help and consistent support from a Peer.

800- 698-4969


For Senior Housing ask for a Sub-Housing Agency Listing or go to



Senior Recreation

Most towns have an active Recreation program for Seniors

Ask at local town or Recreation program.


If you feel a Senior is in danger or being abused, please report to Adult Protective Services