The Common Good Soup Kitchen


We are a non-profit community based organization dedicated to promoting health, nutrition, and fellowship among the residents of Mount Desert Island

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Meet some of our dedicated volunteers​

Board Members

Laurie Ward
Executive Director
Matt Gerald
Board Treasurer

Volunteer Staff


On Mount Desert Island, Maine, winter can mean six months of isolation and tough times.

The Common Good Soup Kitchen was founded in 2009 as a way to bring some warmth to the community of MDI by offering free soup, popovers (a CG staple), live music and a place for locals to gather, interact, and help each other.

In its first winter of operation, the Common Good served over 10,000 bowls of soup and as many popovers to the community. Run by a dedicated staff of volunteers, the Common Good continues to serve in its role as an essential part of the island community to this day.

In the Summer the Common Good  operates a breakfast event daily for visitors as well as locals with fresh food, live music, and a pay as you can operating model (we are rated #1 out of 20 places to eat in Southwest Harbor by Trip Advisor). We hope to see you next season!


Proudly serving the needs of our community since 2009

Winter Food Pantry

Sunday between 1pm-2:30pm

In September of 2019 we added a food pantry to better serve our community members.  We offer healthy grocery items donated by local businesses.

All residents in our service area are welcome.

Home Delivery

Fridays between 11am-1pm

Run entirely by donations, grants, and volunteer labor, the café also runs a distribution program to deliver fresh soup and other pantry staples to senior residences and others who cannot make it out to the café or are dealing with food insecurity.

Please contact us if you know a person in need of home delivery: 207-244-3007

Winter Lunches

After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments in the state of Maine, we have made the tough decision to postpone our upcoming Winter Lunch events until further notice.

We understand this news is disappointing, however the continued health and safety of our community takes priority. Once we feel we can safely serve the community again in person, we will update both the website and social media with more information.

In the past we used the closing of local schools as a barometer for our services and delivery program. Unfortunately, we can’t do that as schools are in and out of session due to COVID-19. If we determine that the roads are potentially dangerous for our volunteers to safely navigate, we will cancel or postpone the delivery. We are aware of the importance of getting food to the community but we need to balance that with keeping our volunteers safe as well. Thank you for your understanding!

Get Involved


As the winter continues we expect an increase in demand and need your help to ensure that we can provide continued availability of our programs to all those who need them.


Your generous donations help us to continue to serve our community. Much of our annual budget comes from individual donors and we both appreciate and rely on your support!

Get In Touch


19 Clark Point Road,
Southwest Harbor, ME


(207) 244-3007


Common Good
P.O. Box 265
SW Harbor, ME, 04679