Stroudwater Pantry Status 3/2/16

Hi Team – This week your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 15 families on Sunday and 47 families yesterday.  In total we served 62 families, accounting for 214 people being fed.  5 new families joined us this week, bringing us to a total of 264 households registered to receive groceries on a regular basis.

The total of our two Hannaford pickups yielded 901 lbs. of food.  We did not receive any meat Wednesday morning, however, it is our practice to keep an inventory of frozen meat in reserve when we can, and we had enough on hand to get through the day with a little bit left over.  Our separate purchases and donations (non-Hannaford) of can foods and dry stores totaled 428 lbs. Volunteers for the week included Ellen, Kevin, Steve, Anne, Angie, Martha, Tammy,  Lita, Dakota, Maya, Adam, Sheamus, Bill B., and myself. What’s Next –

  • We kickoff our next food drive with Time Warner Cable on March 15th.  TWC will raise food donations and purchase food on their own for a month, and anticipate turning the food over to us on April 20th.  I meet with their team managers on the 15th to discuss best practices for economical shopping, the types of dry stores most frequently needed, and how best to structure a food raising competition among their Call Center teams.
  • For anyone wishing to make a food donation to the pantry, the dry stores most frequently needed continue to be; boxes of breakfast cereal, peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti, and red spaghetti sauce.
  • For anyone wishing to make a cash donation to the pantry, please make your check payable to Stroudwater Christian Church, and write Food Pantry on the memo line.

This week it seemed like we had more volunteers than ever; how rewarding it is to labor with so many who are so willing to do the Lord’s work. You are a blessing to Stroudwater Church and the community whom we serve!                          — Doug

Stroudwater Pantry Status 2/24/16

This week your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 15 families on Sunday (biggest Sunday so far) and 50 families today.  In total we served 65 families, accounting for 264 people being fed.  10 new families joined us this week, bringing us to a total of 259 families registered to receive groceries on a regular basis.

The total of our two Hannaford pickups yielded 907 lbs. of food, however, once again there was no meat provided for our Friday pickup, making Sunday’s distribution a vegetarian day.  Our separate purchases and donations (non-Hannaford) of can foods and dry stores totaled 225 lbs. Volunteers for the week included Frank, Gary & Elise, Angie, Steve, Sheamus, Anne, Bill B., Adam & myself.

A number of our clients asked for prayers this week, including one woman who accepted Christ as Lord and Savior!  Praise the Lord, and blessings to our growing list of volunteers, some of whom serve regularly, some occasionally, but all of whom serve the greater Portland community in Christian love! — Doug

Stroudwater Pantry Status 2/17/16

Hi Team – Sorry for the late distribution of your Stroudwater Food Pantry Status for 2/17, I was in Guatemala with the mission team.  Last week we served 10 families on Sunday and 41 families Wednesday.  In total we served 51 families this week, accounting for 161 people being fed.  10 new families joined us this week, bringing us to a total of 249 families registered to receive groceries on a regular basis.

The total of our two Hannaford pickups yielded 991 lbs. of food.  Our separate purchases and donations (non-Hannaford) of can foods and dry stores totaled 241 lbs. Volunteers for the week included Adam, Gary & Elise, Sheamus, Anne, Frank, Angie and Jean.

A BIG Thank You to this week’s volunteers, who stepped up and stood in the gap for those of us traveling in Guatemala last week!! — Doug

Stroudwater Pantry Status 2/10/16

Hi Team – This week your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 14 families on Sunday and 38 families today.  In total we served 52 families this week, accounting for 168 people being fed.  9 new families joined us this week, bringing us to a total of 239 families registered to receive groceries on a regular basis.

The total of our two Hannaford pickups yielded 1,022 lbs. of food.  Our separate purchases and donations (non-Hannaford) of can foods and dry stores totaled 402 lbs. Volunteers for the week included Anne, Jean, Adam, Steve, Kevin, Sheamus, Martha, Karlene, and myself.

As some of our pantry teammates prepare to depart for our church Guatemala mission trip, I want to offer a special thank you to everyone else on the team who is continuing to serve those families here in our community who need our help.  Thank you everyone!              -Doug

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