Stroudwater Pantry Status 2/3/16

Hi Team – This was the busiest week ever for the second week in a row for your Stroudwater Food Pantry!  In total (both Sunday and Wednesday) we served 59 families this week, accounting for 185 people being fed. 13 new families joined us this week, bringing us to a total of 230 families registered to receive groceries on a regular basis.  We continue to see the impact of the Maine’s Hungry articles by the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram helping people find their way to our doors.  The articles are still available at the following link:http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/24/food-pantries-filling-critical-need/  Additionally, we had a couple of people this week comment that they found us when they search online and hit our blogsite.

The total of our two Hannaford pickups yielded 1,078 lbs. of food.  Our separate purchases and donations (non-Hannaford) of can foods and dry stores totaled 550 lbs. Volunteers for the week included Adam, Tammy, Anne, Jean, Deb, Frank, and myself.

We have begun to see the benefits of our operational changes as your Stroudwater Food Pantry continues to grow and serve those in need in the greater Portland community. Thank you everyone who helped make our first month of the new year such a success!       -Doug

Stroudwater Pantry Status 1/27/16

Hi Team – This was the busiest week ever recorded by your Stroudwater Food Pantry!

In total (both Sunday and Wednesday) we served 57 families this week, accounting for 157 people being fed. 19 new families joined us this week, bringing us to a total of 217 families registered to receive groceries on a regular basis.  This past Sunday the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram printed a series of articles about hunger in Maine; your Stroudwater Christian Church was featured in one of the articles, and can be read at the following link: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/24/food-pantries-filling-critical-need/  We believe this was the reason for our increase in new people this week.

The total of our two Hannaford pickups yielded 848 lbs. of food.  Our separate purchases and donations (non-Hannaford) of can foods and dry stores totaled 298 lbs. Our big influx of clients this week took a heavy toll on our food supplies, so we are counting on solid food donations from Hannaford this week.  Volunteers for the week included Adam, Sheamus Denise, Meghan, Anne, Jean, Bill B. and myself.

What’s Next –

  • Our shift volunteers for Sunday the 31st will be Adam, Sheamus and Tammy; for Wednesday 2/03 pantry volunteers will be Doug, Frank, Angie and Deb.
  • We successfully concluded our 2016 Strategic Planning; both the plan and our 2015 annual report have been distributed to the team and to the official Church Board.
  • We have developed a way for church family and outside benefactors to donate cash to the pantry.  They make a check payable to Stroudwater Christian Church, and write “Food Pantry” on the memo line.  The funds are channeled to our pantry budget, and the donor receives a year end statement for tax records that includes the amount.

Praise the Lord for the food He continues to provide, that we might serve those in need!!   — Doug

 

Stroudwater Pantry Status 1/20/16

Hi team – This week was the kickoff for your Stroudwater Food Pantry’s new days and hours of operation.  We were open Sunday 1:00 to 3:00 and Wednesday 12:00 to 3:00pm.  Although Sunday was a very light day for us, this week in total we served 45 families, accounting for 150 people being fed. 7 new families joined us this week.

It was also our first week to distribute food from two Hannaford pickups; our Friday morning pickup was distributed this past Sunday, and our existing Wednesday morning pickup that was distributed yesterday afternoon.  The total of our two Hannaford pickups yielded 889 lbs. of food.  Our separate donations (non-Hannaford) of can foods and dry stores totaled 232 lbs.  This week’s volunteers for both Sunday and Wednesday were Adam, Sheamus, Kevin, Anne, Doug, and Bill Barrows, with help from both Jean and Chad hauling in and putting away food.

What’s Next –

  • Our shift volunteers for Sunday the 24th will be Adam, Sheamus and Denise Brown; the Wednesday the 27th pantry shift is still open for anyone wishing to volunteer.
  • Our next Strategic Planning meeting is scheduled for this Sunday the 24th at 11:30, and we will try to limit it to one hour.
  • We have developed a way for church family and outside benefactors to donate cash to the pantry. They make a check payable to Stroudwater Christian Church, and write “Food Pantry” on the memo line.  The funds are channeled to our pantry budget, and the donor receives a year end statement for tax records that includes the amount.

Thank you everyone who is working to make our operational changes a success! — Doug

Pantry Blog Post 1/13/16

Hi team – This week your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 25 families, accounting for 65 people being fed. It was a very light week for use, likely due to having served so many people the previous week and also due to the snow storm.  This week our Hannaford pickup consisted of 508 lbs of food. Volunteers included Frank, Angie, Deb, Adam, Laura, and myself.

What’s Next –

  • Our shift volunteers for Sunday the 17h will be Adam and Sheamus.
  • This week we have our first Friday food pickup from the Hannaford, which helps us immensely in closing the food gap we’ve been experiencing with fresh fruits and vegetables lately.
  • This week we will open the pantry on Sunday between 1:00 and 3:00, keeping our pantry doors open two days per week, every Wednesday and Sunday.
  • Our new freezer, purchased with a cash grant from Walmart and organized through the Good Sheppard Food Bank, was installed just in time for this week’s Friday food pickup.
  • We have posted to our blogsite the pictures, video, and corporate logo of our first corporate sponsor, Time Warner Cable.
  • This past Sunday we made great progress on the kickoff of our Strategic Planning meeting, our next meeting is scheduled Sunday the 24th.

Thank you everyone who participated in the kickoff of Strategic Planning, and a special thanks to all who stepped up to support our reorganization of pantry operations, and the opening of our doors on Sundays!  — Doug

Stroudwater Pantry Status 1/06/16

Hi team – Yesterday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 48 families, accounting for 139  people being fed.  We had 6 new families this week, bringing us to a total of 179 households that are registered with us.

Our Hannaford pickup consisted of 361lbs of food.  Volunteers included Karlene, Angie, Adam, Laura, Frank, Jean, Chad and myself.

  • What’s Next -Our shift volunteers for Wednesday the 13h will be Deb and Angie (1st shift) and Adam and Laura (2nd shift).
  • We have entered into an agreement with Time Warner to post pictures, video, and corporate logo on our blogsite, and will be talking to them about their next food drive with us.
  • At 179 families served, your Stroudwater Food Pantry is about to start the transition from a small, startup operation to a full-blown medium sized food pantry ministry. This Sunday Jan-10 we will kickoff a series of Strategic Planning meetings. Join us in the Annex at 11:15 for our first meeting.
  • We were awarded a SECOND food pickup day at the Westbrook Hannaford. Beginning next week we pickup on both Wednesdays AND Fridays.  This helps us immensely in closing the food gap we’ve been experiencing with fresh fruits and vegetables lately.
  • The second Hannaford pickup will afford us the opportunity to open the pantry an additional day of the week. We will discuss how this will work during our meeting this Sunday.
  • Our new freezer, purchased with a cash grant organized through the Good Sheppard Food Bank, will be installed and operational by next Thursday the 14th.
  • Yesterday Tux Turkel, staff writer for the Press Herald, visited the pantry along with his photographer to interview both volunteers and a few clients regarding how our pantry works and its impact on hunger in our local community. His visit was part of a series he is doing on hunger in Maine, and the first installment of his series goes to print before the end of this month.

Thank you everyone who helped usher in our first pantry day of 2016!                        – Doug

Stroudwater Pantry Status 12/30/15

This week your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 30 families, accounting for 92 people being fed.  Our Hannaford pickup consisted of 682 lbs of food. We again received a generous donation from one of our outside benefactors, Mike Curran, consisting of sauce, pasta, soup, fruit and rice.  Volunteers included Karlene, Angie, Adam, Sheamus, Laura, and myself, with both Jean and Chad helping unload our vehicles and put things away. What’s Next –

  • Our shift volunteers for Wednesday the 6th will be Angie and Doug (1st shift) and Adam and Laura (2nd shift).
  • We continue  our discussions with Time Warner about branding on our blogsite.
  • At 173 families served, your Stroudwater Food Pantry is about to start the transition from a small, startup operation to a full-blown medium sized food pantry ministry. This will be a critical transition for all of us, so we will kickoff a series of Strategic Planning meetings in January.  More to come on this.

Looking back to August 12th, it has been an amazing 21 weeks since we emptied out, cleaned up, and food stocked a 9’x17’ room that would open its doors to a new ministry and change the lives of almost 600 people.  I’m honored to serve with you. As we approach New Years, may the Lord bless you and your families with the hope and prosperity He declares in Jeremiah 29:11, and bless your future this year. – Doug

Stroudwater Pantry Update 12/16/15

This week the Stroudwater Food Pantry served 44 families, accounting for 139 people being fed. We also had 3 new families this week, bringing us to a total of 161 households registered with us.

We received a generous donation from the Westbrook Hannaford this week that totaled 618 lbs. This week’s volunteers included Karlene, Deb, myself, Adam, Laura, and Jean.

Much like we did for Thanksgiving, we are giving away Christmas Dinners to people in need in our community. We have enough donation commitments to distribute 15 Christmas Dinner baskets on the 21st – not as many as we did for Thanksgiving, but more than we had originally planned for Christmas. Thank you everyone who volunteered this week!

This week @the pantry…

This week  Stroudwater Food Pantry served 32 families, 9 of whom were new.  Our donations included a moderate amount of meats  and fresh produce.  Our produce consisted of a very nice selection of fresh fruits, but the vegetables were limited and ran out before the start of the 2nd shift.  Fortunately we received a generous donation of deli supplies from Julie Candow this week, which went a long way in supplementing our needs, and added to the variety of food we were able to give out.

This week’s volunteers included:

Karlene, Anne Z, Adam,  Laura &  Mason Pratt

What Next –

  • The shift volunteers for this coming Wednesday 12/16 will be Angie, Deb, Adam and Laura.
  • It looks like we have enough frozen turkeys and chickens to make up 10 Christmas Dinner baskets for distribution to needy families:
    • We are asking our  members to “Adopt a Family” for a Christmas dinner, and commit to supplying the side dishes for at least one meal.
    • We are asking them to provide 6 baking potatoes, gravy, a box of stuffing, a can of cranberry sauce, two cans of vegetables, and a cake mix or pie crust and filling for dessert.
    • We will add the poultry and manage the distribution, more to come on dates and times of that.

Thank you one and all for your commitment to stand in the gap, the meal gap, for those in need in our community!

Doug Horner

Director of Operations: Stroudwater Food Pantry

 

Testimonials

Hi Everyone,

We received this email last week and wanted to share with you all.  Just a testament to how much you are needed, how important your service to the community is and how much our clients appreciate the dignity and respect you put forth. I have taken off her last name to maintain her privacy, just know you all make a difference and are appreciated!

Kathleen

Hi. I just wanted to express how thankful I am for the food pantry. We are
having a very difficult time financially and it just helps so much. And to
be treated with dignity and respect as the people who run the pantry are, is
so important. And the individuals who work the pantry each week are just so
friendly and very easy to talk to. I can’t say that I have really
experienced that when going to other pantries. We have a 4 year old with
autism and I feel so happy when I can even bring home a dessert from the
pantry. It really makes his day. And we understand when the pantry doesn’t
have certain things and what we are offered is very helpful. So please pass
this email on to anyone who might work for the pantry. I just wanted to say
thank you!
Jen