Mailing Address: PO Box 435

Waterville, ME 04903-0435

(207) 873-4006

Universalist Unitarian Church of Waterville, Maine


69 Silver Street

Sunday 10 am Multi-platform Services

will resume on September 11th



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Evening Sandwich Program (ESP)

PO Box 2471

Waterville, ME 04903-2471

Open Tuesdays and Fridays, 3 to 4 pm


As of 11/3/2020, ESP is serving a limited menu from 3 to 4 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Service takes place outside so that contact can be eliminated almost 100%.  We are serving a bagged meal of four sandwiches and whatever else we have to give.  Thanks for your support!  For more information, please contact Maili Bailey or Sue Morrill.


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.


During non-pandemic times, the cadre of volunteers from our own church is rounded out by groups of local individuals with a desire to  give back to the community, including  longterm volunteers from other churches, and both high school and college students.


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 Hannaford, Shaw's, and WalMart 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.)