Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 3/29/20

Hi Team – This past Sunday the 29th your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 73 families and provided groceries to a total of 180 people.  10 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 4,803 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Angie, Amy VP, Cat, Deirdra L., Donna and Rhianna, Jean, Phil, Michelle, Rena, Scott, Steve D. and myself.  This week we initiated a new Monday food pickup at the Westbrook Hannaford, making this our fifth weekly supermarket pickup each week.

Your Stroudwater Food Pantry continues to remain open to serve the public, Sundays 1-3pm, and has implemented a “no contact” grocery distribution process on Sundays, that keeps volunteers separated (inside the building) from pantry clients (outside the building).

We face new challenges during this season of COVID-19 pandemic, namely, an increasing number of clients, finding enough food to feed them all, and shrinking volunteer resources to service them.  With that in mind, please give consideration to new opportunities to volunteer in the pantry, as they become available.

I would like to offer a special thanks to everyone who is able to continue volunteering during the challenges we all face throughout these difficult times.  Thank you, and God Bless you!  — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 3/22/20

Hi Team – This past weekend your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 44 families and provided groceries to a total of 108 people.  16 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,082 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Anne, Cat, Donna and Rhianna, Greg and Deb, Jean, Karlene, Phil, Steve D. and myself.

Your Stroudwater Food Pantry continues to remains open to serve the public, Sundays 1-3pm.  In response to the Coronavirus pandemic we have reorganized our Sunday operations, following CDC best practices and implementing “no contact” grocery distribution.  In doing so we hope to make our pantry experience as safe as possible for both our pantry clients and our volunteers.

The changes we have undergone have not been easy, but our dedicated core of volunteers have made it work, making it possible for your Stroudwater Food Pantry to continue serving the meal insecure in southern Maine.  Thank you, and God Bless you all!  —  Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 3/15/20

Hi Team – This past weekend your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 71 families and provided groceries to a total of 171 people.  This includes 8 families we delivered groceries to, as part of our Last Mile home delivery program.  8 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 3,921 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Al W., Amy VP, Anne, Cat, Donna and Rhianna, Greg and Deb, Jean and Chad, Karlene, Michelle, Nick, Phil, Steve D. and myself.

Your Stroudwater Food Pantry remains open for business, Sundays 1-3pm, even in the face of the Coronavirus.  In response to this pandemic, we have had to completely reorganize our Sunday operations, following guidelines and best practices from the CDC.  In doing so we hope to make our pantry experience as safe as possible for both our pantry clients and our volunteers.

Our new practice is to no longer allow clients into our church to shop for their groceries.  They remain outside (except for briefly coming into our closed off foyer to sign in); we pre-build the boxes of groceries, put them on a carts and pass the carts outside through another door.  The clients proceed to where their cart is, wheel their groceries to their cars, and bring the carts back when finished.  Carts are wiped down after every use, volunteers wear masks and gloves during the entire shift, and contact between volunteers and clients is eliminated.

Our Sunday team did an amazing job both setting up for and adapting to this new process.  Their attitude and energy made our new grocery distribution operation a resounding success, and a rewarding experience for our clients!

The complexities of the Coronavirus make it impossible to predict who might get it, and impossible to guarantee that someone will not get it.  With that in mind, your Stroudwater Food Pantry has taken the initiative to remain open for as long as we can, and to provide everyone as safe an environment as we can.  The reason why is obvious; so much now hangs in the balance for the community whom we serve, now more than ever.

Thank you all you who serve in this ministry, and may God Bless you and keep you safe!   — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 3/1/20

Hi Team – This past Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 50 families and provided groceries to a total of 115 people.  This includes 8 families we delivered groceries to, as part of our Last Mile home delivery program.  7 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 4,625 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Angie, Anne, Cat, Donna, Greg and Deb, Jean, Karlene, Michelle, Nick, Nicki, Phil, Sandra, Scott, Steve D., Steve K., Tom and Lila, and myself.  Thank you everyone who volunteered week!   — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 2/23/20

Hi Team – This past Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 58 families and provided groceries to a total of 160 people.  This includes 8 families we delivered groceries to, as part of our Last Mile home delivery program.  9 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 4,443 lbs., and included a large U.S.D.A. TEFAP food donation Nick and I picked up from Wayside Food Programs.  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Cat, Donna, Jean, Karlene, Nick, Nicki, Phil, Rena, Sandra, Scott, Steve D., Steve K. and myself.  Clay Waites offered prayer for clients seeking prayer.  Thank you everyone who volunteered week!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 2/16/20

Hi Team – This past Sunday the 16th your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 61 families and provided groceries to a total of 135 people.  10 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 1,644 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Cat, Donna, Jean, Joe, Karlene, Nick, Nicki, Phil, Sandra, Scott, Steve Keen and myself.  Thank you everyone who volunteered week!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 2/9/20

Hi Team – This past weekend your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 52 families and provided groceries to a total of 150 people.  5 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,460 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Angie, Cat, Donna, Jean, Michelle & Matt & Ben, Misty & Beth & Ben & David, Nick, Phil, Scott, Steve and myself.

And now, some exciting news about your Stroudwater Food Pantry’s latest new program:

Back in December we started piloting a new program to deliver groceries to the homes of qualifying clients who cannot travel to our pantry. We expanded the effort in January, and at this time we are serving 15 households in a program called Last Mile Home Delivery, a program that goes more than the extra mile, it goes the last mile need to get groceries to the doors of people who cannot come to us.  It is yet another opportunity to further close the gap on meal insecurity in southern Maine. Steve Dulac, a long-time volunteer with the pantry, manages this program.

Some of you know that last year we were awarded a grant to buy a delivery van in support of our new outreach effort.  Last week we purchased our van and this week we start using it for making our home deliveries.  We anticipate the van will become a game changer for us, enabling us to both pickup larger volumes of food, and to deliver to larger numbers of Last Mile Home Delivery clients.  In doing so it allows your Stroudwater Food Pantry to grow beyond the limits of its brick and mortar footprint, and serve an ever-expanding community that needs our help, now more than ever.

Thank you everyone who accepts our scheduled volunteer assignments each month; regardless whether it is for Friday food processing, Sunday distributions to clients, or in support of our new Last Mile program, it is very much appreciated!  The work you do and the support you provide continues to better enable your Stroudwater Food Pantry to meet the changing needs of a continually growing community.

Thank you, and God Bless you all!  —  Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 2/2/20

Hi Team – On Superbowl Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 60 families and provided groceries to a total of 164 people.  9 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,592 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Angie, Cat, Debbie, Donna, Jean, Karlene, Nick, Nicki, Phil, Sandra, Scott, Steve and myself.

January was a big month for us, as we processed 6½ tons of food and served more than 225 families!  2020 has started off with a bang, and included the formal rollout of your Stroudwater Food Pantry’s newest program: Last Mile Home Delivery of groceries to families who cannot travel to our church.  We are currently delivering to 13 households, most of whom are either elderly client or who suffer from medical issues that prevent them from driving, and we expect this number to grow as the year progresses.

Thank you everyone who volunteered in the very busy month of January, and who help get 2020 off to such a great start!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 1/26/20

Hi Team – This past Sunday the 26th your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 56 families and provided groceries to a total of 148 people.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 3,241 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Cat, Debbie, Donna, Jean, Karlene, Michelle, Phil, Rena, Sandra, Scott, Steve and myself.  Thank you everyone who volunteered week!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 1/12/20

Hi Team – This past Sunday the 12th your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 55 families and provided groceries to a total of 134 people.  6 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,515 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Anna, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Donna, Jean, Karlene, Lois, Michelle, Nick, Phil, Rena, Sandra, Steve, Tammy and myself.  Thank you everyone who volunteered week!

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