Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 12/29/19

Hi Team – The last weekend of 2019 found your Stroudwater Food Pantry serving 47 families this past Sunday, providing groceries to 112 people.  3 new families joined the pantry.  Our Friday supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 3,341 lbs.  Volunteers included Adam, Al & Martha, Cat, Debbie, Donna & Rhi, Jean, Michelle, Nick, Phil, Rebecca, Rena, Sandra, and Steve.

As we wind down 2019, some of your Stroudwater Food Pantry highlights include:

  • The community whom we serve grew to 561 total families in active enrollment, feeding approximately 1,800 people in total.
  • The pantry distributed more than 68 tons of groceries to pantry clients, and to institutions that serve the greater Portland community.
  • In July we ran a 4 day food pantry at the Princeton, Washington County Elementary School, providing non-perishable groceries to 177 families.
  • In November SFP partnered with Stroudwater Church family, Cheverus High School, the Portland Fire Department and other sponsors, all of whom provided us turkeys and dinners.  With that, we were able to distribute 208 complete Thanksgiving dinners to families who did not have a Thanksgiving dinner.
  • On December 16th we loaded up Pastor Bill’s truck and drove to Princeton, Washington County where we delivered 29 Christmas dinners to families who needed one.
  • This year SFP built 504 Roadside Assistance food bags for homeless people standing in the street.  The bags are distributed to the homeless by Stroudwater Church members and other volunteers.
  • SFP received thousands of parcels of non-perishable food donated from church family, sources outside our church, and from corporate donors who hosted food drives for us.  This food was distributed to meal insecure families through a variety of programs.
  • Westbrook Rotary International continued to donate children’s books to the pantry for distribution to clients, as part of their ongoing literacy program.
  • SFP was awarded a grant of $20,000 to purchase a van for delivering food to clients who cannot travel to the pantry.  The van will support the start up of our new Last Mile grocery delivery program to homebound clients.
  • Volunteers logged approximately 3,780 man hours of pantry time to help SFP meet operational and managerial commitments throughout the year.

2019 was an exciting year where we developed new programs, expanded existing programs, and served more people in more communities in than ever before.  This was due entirely to the many hardworking volunteers who run your Stroudwater Food Pantry, and to the sponsors whose food and donations make it possible to keep our doors open. Thank you everyone who made this year so successful, and we look forward to serving with you again in 2020.  God Bless you all!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 12/22/19

Hi Team – Merry Christmas!  December continued to be a whirlwind of activity in the lead up to Christmas, as your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 61 families this past Sunday, providing groceries to 159 people.  7 new families joined the pantry this week.  Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 4,261 lbs.  Volunteers included Adam, Amy G, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Donna W, Jean, Karlene, Leila G, Lois, Michelle, Nick, Phil, Sandra, Steve and myself.

We had a busy Friday planned for this week, and as it turned out, it exceeded all expectations.  We had our usual Friday pickups from three supermarkets.  Then, we collected, sorted and put away 1,704 lbs. of food from the five food drives hosted by our corporate partners at Spectrum Administration, the Spectrum Call Center, Pine State HVAC, Pine Tree Waste Removal, and Berry-Dunn Management & Accounting. On top of that, we fired up our assembly line and built 276 Roadside Assistance food bags for homeless people standing in the street.

All of this required a lot of volunteers.  This week our large Friday crew of church regulars was joined by a team of seven volunteers from the Idexx corporation.  Together they unloaded, processed and put away more than two tons of food, and built more Roadside Assistance food bags than we ever have in a single run.  Two days later it was our Sunday team’s turn to serve groceries to clients on our busiest distribution day so far this month.

Thank you everyone who volunteered this week!  I hope this Christmas finds you well; God Bless you, and Merry Christmas!  — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 12/15/19

Hi Team – December continues to be a busy month as your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 54 families this past Sunday, providing groceries to 144 people.  4 new families joined the pantry this week.  Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 2,382 lbs.  Volunteers included Adam, Amy, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Donna W, Jean, Karlene, Laura, Lois, Nick, Phil, Rena, Sandra, Steve and myself.

In addition to Sunday’s Pantry clients, this week your Stroudwater Food Pantry provided Christmas Dinners (a turkey with all the side dishes) to 29 families in Washington County.  Pastor Bill and I drove up to the Princeton Middle School and delivered Christmas dinners to Donna Netzer, who is spearheading the distribution locally.  Just like last year, these dinners will be very much appreciated by families who would otherwise not have had such a Christmas Dinner.

We have a busy Friday planned this week as we receive the donations from our four December food drives.  The Spectrum Communications Corporate offices, Spectrum Communications Call Center, Berry-Dunn Management Consulting, and Pine State Services will provide us a lot of non-perishable food; fortunately, we will have some volunteers from Idexx on Friday to help sort it all out.

Thank you everyone who volunteered this week; your commitment continues to make a brighter Christmas for everyone we serve!  —  Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 12/8/19

Hi Team – The Christmas season came in with a bang as your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 58 families; providing groceries to a total of 156 people.  6 new families joined the pantry this week.  Additionally, this week we had a large U.S.D.A. (TEFAP) food pickup, so the total food for the week topped 2½ tons! Volunteers included, Adam, Anna, Anne, Cat, Cathy, Debbie, Jean, Karlene, Lois, Nick, Nicki, Phil, Renee & Hazel, Steve, Tammy, and myself.

This month we have partnered with the following corporations for Christmas food drives:

  • The Spectrum Communications Corporate offices
  • The Spectrum Communications Call Center
  • BerryDunn Management Consulting
  • Pine State Services

Thank you everyone who volunteered this week, including the Thursday volunteers who unloaded and put away the food from our huge TEFAP pickup!

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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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