Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 7/1/18

Hi Team – Your Stroudwater Food Pantry stated off July with its own set of fireworks!  We had a busy Sunday serving 42 families, providing groceries to a total of 117 people.  5 new families joined the pantry.

 What made our food distribution so busy over the weekend was the volume of Fresh Food Rescue we picked up on Friday.  We transported and processed a huge volume of meats and fresh produce, with everything totaling 2,107 lbs.  Clients left on Sunday with boxes heaped with meats, fruits and vegetables.  Volunteers this week included Angie, Anna, Cat, Debbie S, Dee, Jean, Karlene, Michael C, Nicki B, Phil, Rena, Steve and myself.  Mike Halkiu supported the prayer ministry on Sunday.

 That wasn’t all; this week your Stroudwater Food Pantry took a big step forward in support of the mission trip to Washington County that starts 7/22.  During the week our church is there, we will host the Princeton Pantry Days, a three day food pantry that will serve Princeton, Big Lake, and Indian Township.  In preparation for the trip, on Tuesday SFP hosted eight teens and 2 chaperones from the My Place Teen Center to fill shopping bags with non-perishable groceries.  The teens built 138 grocery bags!  When we get to Washington County at the end of the month, every family who comes will get a bag of groceries and a case (15 lbs.) of breakfast cereal.

 As we closed out June we hit the mid-way mark for 2018.  So far this year we have distributed more than 31 tons of groceries over the course of 998 family visits to the pantry.  This is ahead of where we were this time last year, putting us on pace to well exceed last year’s impact on regional hunger relief.   Thank you everyone who has supported, contributed to, and worked so hard to forge a Stroudwater Food Pantry that makes such a difference to the communities in the greater Portland area!  — Doug

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