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
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 –
Praise the Lord for the food He continues to provide, that we might serve those in need!! — Doug
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.
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Thank you everyone who is working to make our operational changes a success! — Doug
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.
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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
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.
Thank you everyone who helped usher in our first pantry day of 2016! – Doug
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 –
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
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 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 –
Thank you one and all for your commitment to stand in the gap, the meal gap, for those in need in our community!
Director of Operations: Stroudwater Food Pantry
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!
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