Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 5/31/20

Hi Team – For the week ending Sunday the 31st your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 67 families and provided groceries to a total of 143 people.  We delivered groceries to the homes of 31 families through our Last Mile home delivery program.  6 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 5,881lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Anna, Brad, Deirdra & Dennis, Donna & Rhianna, Jean, Jessica, Michelle & Ben & Matt, Rena, and myself.

May was the biggest and busiest month so far this year, with more than 8 tons of food distributed to more than 300 families.  2020 has surely proven to be a challenging year so far; each month we find ourselves distributing more food to more families than the month before. Our ability to do this is due entirely to the great volunteers at Stroudwater Food Pantry, who remain committed to meeting the needs of a large community suffering under the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thank you all for what you do!    — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 5/24/20

Hi Team – For the week ending Sunday the 24th your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 82 families and provided groceries to a total of 161 people.  We delivered groceries to the homes of 42 families through our Last Mile home delivery program.  9 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 3,841lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Chad, Deirdra & Dennis, Donna & Rhianna, Jean, Michelle, Rena, Steve, and myself.

Our long-awaited pantry-food storage shed has finally been delivered and built!  There is some finishing work needed to close off the bottom edges; once completed we can start using it.  The pantry shed will provide an expansion of much need new storage for non-perishable food, particularly dry-store non-perishables that are generally impervious to heat and cold. We expect to have it open for business in a couple of weeks, and are really looking forward moving some of our food inventory from inside the church to inside our new shed!  —  Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 4/26/20

Hi Team – For the week ending Sunday the 26th your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 79 families and provided groceries to a total of 191 people.  We delivered groceries to the homes of 30 of the families through our Last Mile home delivery program.  22 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,691lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Amy VP, Angie, Cat, Deb & Greg, Deirdra & Dennis, Donna & Rhianna, Jean, Kristine, Laura, Michelle & Matt & Ben, Rena, Steve D., Willa, and myself.

April has proven to be our busiest month so far this year, with increases in both the number of families we serve, and also in the tons of food we have acquired and processed.  All of this is due to the burden the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on families in our community, and we will see even more families served next month.

Our ability to respond to the needs of our community is a testament to dedication and hard work of those who volunteer at your Stroudwater Food Pantry.  It is they who strive to fulfill our mission, “To do the work of Jesus by feeding those in need, and reducing the number of meal insecure in Southern Maine. For I was hungry and you fed me…”

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 4/19/20

Hi Team – For the week ending Sunday the 19th your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 67 families and provided groceries to a total of 161 people.  22 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,417lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Amy VP, Angie, Cat, Deirdra & Dennis, Donna & Rhianna, Jean, Kristine, Laura, Michelle & Matt & Ben, Rena, Steve D., Willa, and myself.

Your Stroudwater Food Pantry continues to remain open Sundays 1-3pm, and has implemented a “no contact” grocery distribution process.  Additionally, our Last Mile home delivery program continues to grow steadily.  We now deliver on Mondays and Fridays, and currently have 36 families enrolled for home grocery delivery.  We expect that number will grow to 50 families next month.

Thank you all who volunteered this week, and all who continue to rise to the challenge COVID-19 has burdened our community with.  This pandemic has put so many families at risk in a variety of ways, yet the response of our church and our community partners has been to stand in the gap to meet the needs of the meal insecure among us.  Thank you!!  — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 4/12/20

Hi Team – On Sunday the 12th your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 53 families and provided groceries to a total of 145 people.  13 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 1,897lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Cat, Deb & Greg, Deirdra, Donna & Rhianna, Jean, Laura, Michelle & Matt & Ben, Rena, and Steve D.

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).

Thank you everyone who volunteered this week!  — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 4/5/20

Hi Team – This past Sunday the 5th your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 42 families and provided groceries to a total of 81 people.  6 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 3,765 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Angie, Cat, Deb & Greg, Donna and Rhianna, Jean, Laura, Michelle & Matt & Ben, Rena, Steve D. Tammy and myself.

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).

Thank you everyone who answered the call for help this week, and was able to volunteer!  — Doug

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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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