Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 12/1/19

Hi Team – After the Herculean efforts expended by Stroudwater Food Pantry volunteers in November, December ushered in quietly as we served 32 families, providing groceries to a total of 88 people.  2 new families joined the pantry this week.  Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 4,654 lbs.  Grocery volunteers included, Amy, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Jean, Karlene, Laura, Lois, Michelle, Nicki, Phil, Steve and myself.

As we closed out November, we reflect on what turned out to be the busiest month ever in the history of your Stroudwater Food Pantry:

  • Pantry volunteers built a mountain of complete dinner boxes (minus the frozen turkeys) in preparation for the Thanksgiving distribution.
  • 208 Thanksgiving dinners and frozen turkeys were distributed; about 25% of them were home/site delivered by pantry volunteers.
  • 20% of our dinner distributions were to institutions who specifically support some of the most vulnerable of meal insecure persons among us.
  •    By months end, Pantry volunteers distributed more than 7½ tons of food to 442 families, totaling 1,337 people served in November.

Its takes some very special people to accomplish the enormity of community service that took place in November.  These special people are the volunteers of your Stroudwater Food Pantry, and includes our Stroudwater Church family who also donated their time and their frozen turkeys.  Thank you for your commitment “To do the work of Jesus by feeding those in need, and reducing the number of meal insecure throughout Southern Maine. ‘For I was hungry and you fed me…’

Thank you, and God Bless all of you who worked so hard to serve so many!  — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 11/24/19

Hi Team – Thanksgiving week is the busiest week of the year for your Stroudwater Food Pantry, and this week was no exception.  For starters, we served 65 families, providing groceries to a total of 194 people.  17 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 3,712 lbs.  Grocery volunteers included, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Iman & Mariam, Jean, Karlene, Laura, Lois, Michelle, Phil, Rena, Steve and myself.

And then… there was Thanksgiving!

Our goal was to provide 200 Thanksgiving dinners to families who would otherwise not have one.  Beginning Friday through Wednesday volunteers distributed dinners to clients who came to the church, and delivered dinners to families who could not come to the church.  Additionally, we provided dinners (in some cases just the turkeys) to institutions like the My Place Teen Center, River View housing in Westbrook, Milestone Recovery Center (men’s shelter), and the Youth and Family Outreach organization in Portland.  In the end, volunteers distributed 208 Thanksgiving dinner boxes and frozen turkeys!

It took an army of volunteers to pull all this together; thank you Angie, Anna, Anne, Damaris, Debbie, Dot, Jean, Karlene, Laura, Lois, Michelle, Misty, Rena, and Steve. It also took a lot of turkeys; thank you to our church family who provided 54 of the turkeys that went into dinner boxes!  Thank you everyone who helped ensure that families in need got Thanksgiving dinners!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 11/17/19

Hi Team – November is the busiest month of year for your Stroudwater Food Pantry, and this past Sunday was no exception.  We served 49 families, providing groceries to a total of 145 people.  6 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 1,747 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Iman & Mohammed, Jean, Karlene, Laura, Lois, Michelle, Phil, Rena, Steve, Tom & Lila, and myself.

This past Friday we hosted the first of three planned builds of Thanksgiving dinner boxes.  It turned out we had so much help that we used up almost all our supplies and built 156 dinner boxes!  Our other two builds were cancelled.  Friday’s build helpers included Anna, Damaris, Debbie, Jean, Laura, Lois, Steve, Tammy and myself, PLUS five volunteers from IDEXX Corporation: Brad, Igor, Kurt, Tim, and Tony; PLUS our Agency Rep from the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Jen MacDonald!  With that many people in the church, we knocked out all the dinner boxes in no time.

If you would like to help distribute dinner boxes, please contact either Laura or myself to join us on one of the days listed below:

DISTRIBUTE Dinner Boxes (requires 2-3 people each day)

  • Friday the 22nd          from 1-3pm
  • Monday the 25th from 1-3pm
  • Tuesday the 26th from 1-3pm

For anyone wishing to donate a turkey, NO signup is required, just bring your turkeys to the Pantry on the mornings of Friday the 22nd or Sunday the 24th.  And we welcome donations of cans of turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, and stove top stuffing.  God Bless you all, and thank you for your continued support of your Stroudwater Food Pantry!  —  Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 11/10/19

This weekend your Stroudwater Food Pantry had its busiest Sunday so far this year, serving 72 families and providing groceries to a total of 193 people!  7 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,397 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included, Adam, Anna, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Iman & Maryam, Jean, Karlene, Lois, Misty, Phil, Rebecca, Steve and myself.

This year your Stroudwater Food Pantry is planning to provide 200 Thanksgiving Dinner Boxes to local families who would otherwise not have a Thanksgiving dinner.  We have opportunities for volunteers to help us with that, and if you would like to help out please contact either Laura or myself to join us on one of the days listed below:

BUILD Dinner Boxes (requires 6-8 people each day)

  • Friday the 15th  from   1-3pm
  • Tuesday the 19th from 9-11am
  • Wednesday the 20th from 9-11am

DISTRIBUTE Dinner Boxes (requires 2-3 people each day)

  • Friday the 22nd from 1-3pm
  • Monday the 25th from 1-3pm
  • Tuesday the 26th from 1-3pm

For anyone wishing to donate a turkey, NO signup is required, just bring your turkey to the Pantry on the mornings of Friday the 22nd or Sunday the 24th.  And we welcome donations of jars of turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, and stove top stuffing.  God Bless you all, and thank you for your continued support of your Stroudwater Food Pantry! — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 11/3/19

Hi Team – November opened with a busy Sunday was as your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 48 families and provided groceries to a total of 161 people.  9 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,397 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Jean, Karlene, Laura, Lois, Michelle, Phil, Rena, Sandra, Steve, Tammy and myself.

Thank you everyone who volunteered week!   —  Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 10/27/19

This was an exciting week for your Stroudwater Food Pantry; our Sunday team served a whopping 67 families, our busiest Sunday so far this year!   They provided groceries to a total of 183 people, with 7 new families joining the pantry this week.

Additionally our Friday team rescued, processed and stocked away more than a 1¼ tons of food!  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Jean, Karlene, Lois, Michelle, Phil, Rebecca, Rena, Steve and myself.

As we close out October we look back on the blessing of the generous egg donations received from Orchard Ridge Farm, and look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday November brings.  We are actively preparing for the distribution of 200 Thanksgiving dinner boxes, and in the past two weeks have already signed up more than 80 families to receive the dinners.

Thank you everyone who volunteered in October, and a special thank you to the volunteers for this past Sunday; you cranked out the groceries, served our clients, and made our busiest Sunday yet look easy and effortless!  —  Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 10/20/19

This past Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 39 families and provided groceries to a total of 98 people.  3 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 1,815 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Anna, Anne, Cat, Jean, Karlene, Michelle, Phil, Rena, Sandra, Steve and myself.

Thank you everyone who volunteered this week!  — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 10/13/19

This past Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 33 families and provided groceries to a total of 81 people.  7 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 1,312 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Cat, Jean, Karlene, Laura, Michelle, Nick, Phil, Sandra, Steve and myself.

Thank you everyone who volunteered week!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 10/6/19

Hi Team – This past week your Stroudwater Food Pantry’s Friday crew picked up and processed 2,765 lbs. of food, stacking shelves and freezers in preparation for Sunday.   The Sunday crew served 46 families, providing groceries to a total of 125 people.  4 new families joined the pantry on Sunday.  Volunteers for this week included Anne, Cat, Debbie, Jean, Karlene, Lois, Michelle, Nick, Phil, Sandra, Shawn, Steve, Tammy and myself.

October ushers in the beginning of the busiest time of year for your Stroudwater Food Pantry.  Not only will we process large volumes of food and distribute large volumes of groceries to clients, it also involves the planning and preparation for both our Thanksgiving Dinners distribution (to local families), and our Christmas Dinners distribution to Washington County.

Please keep us in your prayers for success with all we have before us.  And if you have not signed up for a shift with your pantry recently, please consider either responding to this email or seeing Laura Pitcher about getting on our volunteer schedule.  We will have openings on both Friday’s and Sunday’s, plus opportunities for you to build dinner boxes for the upcoming holiday dinners.  Thank you for all you do, and God Bess You!  — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 9/28/19

Hi Team – This was a very busy week that concluded a very busy month for your Stroudwater Food Pantry. Our Sunday crew served 46 families this week, providing groceries to a total of 138 people; plus they signed up 7 new families in the process!  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Anna, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Jean, Karlene, Misty and Beth, Nick, Phil, Rena, Steve and myself.

Some of the things that happened just this week included:

  • On Monday the order of our new steel Food Pantry Shed was confirmed and is scheduled for delivery and construction early to mid-November.
  • On Wednesday Angie and I took a ride to Orchard Ridge Farm in Gorham to pick up their donation of 105 dozen eggs.  Stephen and Amy Bibula are wonderful people, raising chickens, farming apple and pear orchards, running a country store, and making some of the best pizza around!
  • On Thursday our TEFAP (The Emergency Family Assistance Program) food pickup through the U.S. Department of Agriculture totaled 2,300 lbs.  2,300 lbs. is a lot of food to process, however, Stantec, an international corporation with an office in Scarborough, sent 14 volunteers over to the pantry to unload, organize, and put away all of it.  This volunteering initiative, Stantec In The Community (SITC), was part of Stantec’s worldwide week of community service across the company. They were a great team!  They even rearranged our storage room and sorted our donated eggs into cartons!
  • On Friday our food processing crew made short work of our two supermarket pickups, and readied the pantry for Sunday families.

We concluded September with 5 ½ tons of food processed, and serving an average of 50 families per week for the last four weeks.  Thank you everyone who volunteered this month, a special thank you to the energetic volunteers at Stantec, and a special thank you to Orchard Ridge Farms who donated almost 200 dozen eggs in September! — Doug

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