One thing Mount Desert Island is known for is its strong sense of community. While there is no soup kitchen, there are plenty of community meals open to everyone. You can see a nice slice of life, people of all ages from all kinds of backgrounds, at these events… and get some great food. Here are five we know about (and have enjoyed ourselves).

Open Table MDI

These every Tuesday meals at the Congregational Church in Bar Harbor are probably the most widely known. These healthy and delicious meals are entirely volunteer run and if you go to their website, you can sign up to be a volunteer or donate to the cause. They also have occasional fundraisers to help offset their costs.
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Common Good

The Common Good Soup Kitchen has two modes (much like most of MDI): ‘summer’ and off-season. In the off-season months, there is a weekly meal of soup, bread, and desserts on Mondays for lunch (volunteers also deliver soup to people’s homes year round.) In summer, The Common Good serves popovers 6 days a week (closed Mondays) from mid-June through Columbus Day. You can enjoy a popover breakfast on their outdoor patio with coffee and tea and often on weekends, there is live music. Meals are free, but donations are encouraged.
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Community Cafe At Neighborhood House

The Community Cafe is series of luncheons offers community members of all ages the perfect excuse to gather, enjoy a meal, and share some laughs. Although the Cafe meets twice a month (1st + 3rd Thursdays) during what is considered the “slow season,” it is not uncommon for over 100 guests to drop by!

The luncheons feature a choice of homemade main courses including a vegetarian option. There is also salad, bread generously provided by Old Dog Baking Company, and dessert. EVERYONE is invited for just a $7 suggested donation. Seniors are invited to have lunch “on the house.” For those who are unable to stick around, takeout containers are available as well. Each Cafe event is sponsored by an area business or organization.


Somesville Library’s Community Soup And Bread

Usually happening the first Wednesday of the month in the cooler months, library volunteers bring in delicious homemade crockpot soups, fresh bread, and dessert. Take out containers are available and all donations support the library.

Various Church Meals

The various faith communities of MDI regularly hold meals at their locations. It’s best to call ahead to make sure the schedules are accurate but we’ll update this post as we know.

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In short, there is lots of community happening around food… so join in the fun at a community meal!

Special thanks to Allyson Brooks Wallace, Carla Tanguay, and Shayla White for their information that contributed to this post!


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