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

Stroudwater Pantry Update 12/16/15

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 @the pantry…

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 –

  • The shift volunteers for this coming Wednesday 12/16 will be Angie, Deb, Adam and Laura.
  • It looks like we have enough frozen turkeys and chickens to make up 10 Christmas Dinner baskets for distribution to needy families:
    • We are asking our  members to “Adopt a Family” for a Christmas dinner, and commit to supplying the side dishes for at least one meal.
    • We are asking them to provide 6 baking potatoes, gravy, a box of stuffing, a can of cranberry sauce, two cans of vegetables, and a cake mix or pie crust and filling for dessert.
    • We will add the poultry and manage the distribution, more to come on dates and times of that.

Thank you one and all for your commitment to stand in the gap, the meal gap, for those in need in our community!

Doug Horner

Director of Operations: Stroudwater Food Pantry

 

Testimonials

Hi Everyone,

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!

Kathleen

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
thank you!
Jen