Resource Library

COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.

The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.


Most Americans on food stamps must shop at stores, risking coronavirus exposure

April 7, 2020 – Families

Most people receiving SNAP benefits are not able to use them for online shopping, and therefore must go to a store in person. Leaving the home puts these low-income folks at an increased risk for exposure to coronavirus. Despite logistical challenges, changing SNAP rules to allow for online and delivery options as some states have already done is a promising solution. #covid-19 #foodsecurity

Grocery service offered to older Vermonters

April 6, 2020 – Seniors

Several communities are leveraging volunteer networks to provide grocery and supply shopping services to older residents or residents with disabilities during coronavirus outbreak. In Bennington, Vermont, one such effort is coordinated by the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, and in Swanzey, New Hampshire, a local youth professional network and rugby club have partnered as volunteers. #covid-19 #foodsecurity

SWCAP’s Pop-Up Food Pantry hits the road

March 30, 2020 – Families

In rural Wisconsin, a Community Action Program has created a pop-up food pantry to support residents who are isolating, struggling with food costs, or cannot reach a traditional pantry during the coronavirus pandemic. The mobile unit is a bus (donated by Head Start), outfitted with refrigerators and shelves (donated by a local foundation and several businesses). The bus has been traversing the county since the end of March, dropping off pre-boxed foods at seniors’ residences without face-to-face contact. #covid-19 #foodsecurity #rural

School Nutrition Heroes: On the Front Lines of COVID-19

March 25, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

School nutrition programs have continued responding to school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic with new meal distribution systems, including expanding meal pick up options to all students regardless of school meal enrollment (Natomas Unified School District, California) and offering drive-by pickups for families at multiple locations (Santa Clarita Valley, California). However, concerns about sustaining expensive delivery models are beginning to surface. #covid-19 #education #foodsecurity

CLASP: Ensuring Young Children Have Healthy Meals During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 23, 2020 – Young Children

This factsheet explores the nutrition provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Families First includes several important provisions that will help parents and caregivers keep food on the table during this crisis. Maine DHHS has requested emergency benefit increases for all current SNAP recipients and flexibility on various administrative requirements, as suggested by the factsheet. #COVID-19 #foodsecurity

For millions of low-income seniors, coronavirus is a food-security issue

March 16, 2020 – Seniors

From the Brookings Institute: Facilitating meal deliveries (like Meals on Wheels) to low-income seniors aging in place provides crucial support in a time when grocery shopping can be risky and senior centers and food pantries may be closed or limited in operations. In Humboldt County, California an organization called SoHum Health is reaching out directly to seniors to check in about health needs and connect them with a local senior center coordinating grocery delivery. #covid-19 #foodsecurity