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Universalist Unitarian Church of Waterville, Maine


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Evening Sandwich Program (ESP)

Open Sunday through Friday 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Coronavirus Update - March 17, 2020

The Evening Sandwich Program remains OPEN during the COVID-19 crisis, serving soups and sandwiches on Sundays through Fridays, 4:00-5:00 pm.

Clients are urged to stand no closer than three feet from one another as they wait outside for the kitchen to open. We have implemented a new protocol for serving take-out meals that will keep a safe distance between our volunteers and those we serve. We felt we needed to make big changes so that we could continue this important service to the community.

Since the majority of our volunteers fit into the "older" category, we may need a few younger people to volunteer. Colby students are no longer an option! Let us know if you or someone you know could fit the "younger" bill! 

For more information about the soup kitchen or to volunteer, please contact Maili Bailey (mailibailey@yahoo.com ) or Sue Morrill (smorrill29@myfairpoint.net)


Documentary directed by Colby College students Lauren Moriarty and Sophie Nacht, Fall 2019.

Under the direction of Maili Bailey, the Evening Sandwich Program (ESP) is a soup and sandwich program where a hot, homemade entree, several different types of sandwiches, and desserts are served on a take-out basis.

Rounding out the cadre of volunteers from our own church are groups of local individuals with a desire to  give back to the community.  The vast majority of volunteers come from longtime volunteers and benefactors along with student athletes and Honor Society members from Winslow High School.

ESP has been fortunate to receive ongoing monetary contributions from individuals and organizations in the greater Waterville area.  This money has been used to purchase foodstuffs and other needed supplies not included in TEFAP [Emergency Food Assistance Program] or other federal food programs under the umbrella of the FDA.  

ESP has also benefitted from the generosity of WalMart, Hannaford, and Shaw's whose donations of bread, pastries, meats and fresh produce have been the “meat and potatoes” of the program. A partnership with the Good Shepherd Food Bank rounds out sources of food used to make the soups and sandwiches that are the backbone of the program.



  • The ESP has been in operation since 1990 and has grown accordingly to meet the rise in food insecurity.
  • Since its beginning, ESP has served over 730,000 meals with the help of over 2200 volunteers.
  • Over 50,000 meals have been served each year for the past five years



Maili Bailey presented information about ESP during PechaKucha Night in Waterville on April 26, 2013 at the Waterville Opera House in Waterville, Maine.   Click here for the text of her presentation. 





The Waterville City Council recognized the Universalist Unitarian Church’s Evening Sandwich Program for 25 years of service.  Read the October 19, 2015 Morning Sentinel Article (may require Morning Sentinel subscription.)