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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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 9/22/19

Hi Team – Your Stroudwater Food Pantry had a very busy Sunday this week, serving 56 families and providing groceries to a total of 130 people.  7 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 1,221 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Jean, Karlene, Lois, Nick, Nicki, Phil, Renee, Rena, Steve and myself.

This past Sunday went very smoothly despite serving so many families.  Thank you everyone who volunteered this week!   — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 9/15/19

Hi Team – This was a very busy weekend for your Stroudwater Food Pantry; we served 49 families and provided groceries to a total of 145 people.  9 new families joined the pantry this week.

A colossal amount of food was processed this week!  Our supermarket food rescue pickups totaled 3,660 lbs., plus our purchases from Good Shepherd totaled another 1,332 lbs.  Additionally, Orchard Ridge Farm in Gorham donated 90 dozen eggs!  Volunteers transported, unloaded, weighed, bagged, sorted eggs into cartons, and put away 2 ½ tons of food!  This week’s teammates who accomplished all this included Anna, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Jean, Lois, Nick, Nicki, Phil, Rena, Steve, Tammy and myself.

Thank you everyone who processed a mountain of food, and distributed it to a community in need!  —  Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 9/1/19

Hi Team – This past Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 36 families and provided groceries to a total of 109 people.  2 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 1,972 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Jean, Karlene, Laura, Lois, Mason, Michelle, Nick, Phil, Rena, Renee, Sam, Shawn, Steve and myself.

Thank you everyone who volunteered week, and a warm welcome to Shawn, this week’s new volunteer! — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 8/25/19

Hi Team – This past Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 48 families and provided groceries to a total of 133 people.  9 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,032 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Cat, Debbie, Hazel, Jean, Laura, Lois, Mason, Michelle, Nick, Phil, Rena, Renee, Sam, Sandra, Steve and myself.

Thank you everyone who volunteered week, and a warm welcome to new volunteers Renee and Hazel! —  Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 8/18/19

Hi Team – This past Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 40 families and provided groceries to a total of 116 people.  8 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 3,082 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included, Anna, Cat, Deb & Greg, Debbie, Jean, Misty, Nicki, Phil, Rena, Steve and myself.

We processed and distributed a whopping 1 ½ tons of food this past weekend; thank you everyone who volunteered to make that happen!  —  Doug

To learn more about your Stroudwater Food Pantry, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stroudwaterfoodpantry/

Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 8/11/19

Hi Team – This past Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 34 families and provided groceries to a total of 84 people.  2 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 1,210 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included, Cat, Debbie, Karlene, Lois, Phil, Rena, Sandra, Steve, Tammy and myself.

This week marks the fourth year your Stroudwater has been in operation.  We opened our doors on August 12, 2015.  During the past four years we’ve had families visit us 9,290 times, and we distributed 209 tons of groceries to them.  This includes the communities we serve in the greater Portland area, families in Washington County, and the support we provide to institutions like the My Place Teen Center, and to shelters.

Everything your Stroudwater Food Pantry has accomplished in the last four years was achieved through your support, your volunteering, and your commitment to our mission:

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 everyone!

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