Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 12/29/19

Hi Team – The last weekend of 2019 found your Stroudwater Food Pantry serving 47 families this past Sunday, providing groceries to 112 people.  3 new families joined the pantry.  Our Friday supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 3,341 lbs.  Volunteers included Adam, Al & Martha, Cat, Debbie, Donna & Rhi, Jean, Michelle, Nick, Phil, Rebecca, Rena, Sandra, and Steve.

As we wind down 2019, some of your Stroudwater Food Pantry highlights include:

  • The community whom we serve grew to 561 total families in active enrollment, feeding approximately 1,800 people in total.
  • The pantry distributed more than 68 tons of groceries to pantry clients, and to institutions that serve the greater Portland community.
  • In July we ran a 4 day food pantry at the Princeton, Washington County Elementary School, providing non-perishable groceries to 177 families.
  • In November SFP partnered with Stroudwater Church family, Cheverus High School, the Portland Fire Department and other sponsors, all of whom provided us turkeys and dinners.  With that, we were able to distribute 208 complete Thanksgiving dinners to families who did not have a Thanksgiving dinner.
  • On December 16th we loaded up Pastor Bill’s truck and drove to Princeton, Washington County where we delivered 29 Christmas dinners to families who needed one.
  • This year SFP built 504 Roadside Assistance food bags for homeless people standing in the street.  The bags are distributed to the homeless by Stroudwater Church members and other volunteers.
  • SFP received thousands of parcels of non-perishable food donated from church family, sources outside our church, and from corporate donors who hosted food drives for us.  This food was distributed to meal insecure families through a variety of programs.
  • Westbrook Rotary International continued to donate children’s books to the pantry for distribution to clients, as part of their ongoing literacy program.
  • SFP was awarded a grant of $20,000 to purchase a van for delivering food to clients who cannot travel to the pantry.  The van will support the start up of our new Last Mile grocery delivery program to homebound clients.
  • Volunteers logged approximately 3,780 man hours of pantry time to help SFP meet operational and managerial commitments throughout the year.

2019 was an exciting year where we developed new programs, expanded existing programs, and served more people in more communities in than ever before.  This was due entirely to the many hardworking volunteers who run your Stroudwater Food Pantry, and to the sponsors whose food and donations make it possible to keep our doors open. Thank you everyone who made this year so successful, and we look forward to serving with you again in 2020.  God Bless you all!

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