Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 4/11/21

Hi Team – This week your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 134 families and provided groceries to a total of 335 people.  105 of the families received groceries through our Last Mile home delivery program. 

Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 3,534lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam & Laura, Amy & Jake, Angie, Pastor Charlie, Deb & Greg, Deirdra & Dennis, Gary, Jean, Karlene, Kelly, Michelle & Ben, Tom & Amy & Lila & Claire, and myself. 

On Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry took on a unique challenge; we simultaneously ran two assembly lines to manufacture boxes of groceries.  Downstairs in the church, pantry volunteers used fresh food rescued during our Friday supermarket pickups, to build grocery boxes for our Sunday drive in clients, and for our Last Mile home grocery deliveries. 

Out back in the shed, a second group of volunteers assembled boxes of non-perishable groceries for 54 families in Princeton, Washington County.  As boxes came off the line, they were loaded directly into our cargo van.  Additionally, four large Coleman coolers were filled with frozen turkeys, hams, pork roasts and chickens and were loaded up as well.  Finally, we strapped one of our upright freezers onto the pantry trailer, as a donation to Penni Theriault, our pantry food distribution contact in Princeton. 

Early Monday morning Pastor Charlie and I departed the church, driving the van and trailer up to Penni’s in Princeton.  Four hours later we unloaded the 54 grocery boxes, plugged in the freezer, and filled it with the frozen meat we brought, all in Penni’s garage. We even had a bit of time to visit with some of our other ministry contacts in Princeton and Big Lake, before returning home. 

This week’s incredible accomplishments were made possible by the hands of our amazing Stroudwater Food Pantry volunteers!  Your efforts serve both southern and central Maine, and are keeping us on pace to achieve our goal to distribute 10 tons of groceries in Washington County this year.  Thank you, and God Bless you for all that you do!!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 4/4/21

Hi Team – On Easter weekend ending 4/4 your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 67 families and provided groceries to a total of 163 people.  34 of the families received groceries through our Last Mile home delivery program. 

Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 3,451lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam & Laura & Mason & Seth, Ali, Angie, Deirdra & Dennis, Gary, Jean, Karlene, Kelly, Laura, Lila, Lois, Michelle, and myself. 

Thank you everyone who chose to celebrate Easter Sunday by helping others and volunteering with your Stroudwater Food Pantry!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 3/28/21

Hi Team – For week ending 3/28 your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 79 families and provided groceries to a total of 153 people.  52 of the families received groceries through our Last Mile home delivery program. 

Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 5,100 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Amy & Hunter, Angie, Pastor Charlie & Melissa, Dee & Bill, Deirdra & Dennis, Gary, Jean, Kelly, Laura, Lois & Albert, Michelle, Misty & David & Beth, and myself. 

During our last week of March we processed an amazing 2 ½ tons of food, and a total of 9 tons distributed for the entire month.  As we close out the first quarter of 2021, your Stroudwater Food Pantry finds itself on an annualized pace to distribute 115 tons of food this year to the meal insecure of southern and central Maine; a staggering 25 more tons than 2020!  Time will tell if we hit, or exceed, that number at year end, but wherever we land it will be due to the tireless efforts of our pantry volunteers.  Thank you everyone who has volunteered so far this year! — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 3/21/21

Hi Team – For week ending 3/21 your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 85 families and provided groceries to a total of 243 people.  55 of the families received groceries through our Last Mile home delivery program.  1 new family joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 3,003 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Angie, Pastor Charlie, Deb & Greg, Dee & Bill, Deirdra & Dennis, Gary, Jean, Karlene, Kate, Kelly, Laura, Lois, Michelle, Nick H. and myself. 

This week we welcomed two new volunteers; Stroudwater Christian Church’s new pastor, Charlie Thiemann, who volunteered with us on Friday, and Kate Kyle, who is with the Peace Corps, volunteered with us on Sunday.  Welcome to Stroudwater, and thank you everyone who volunteered this week! — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 3/14/21

Hi Team – For week ending 3/14 your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 78 families and provided groceries to a total of 167 people.  43 of the families received groceries through our Last Mile home delivery program.  3 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 6,252 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Albert, Angie, Claire, Deirdra & Dennis, Gary, Jean, Karlene, Kelly, Laura, Lila, Lois, Marcie, Michelle, Tom, and myself. 

Thank you everyone who volunteered this week!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 3/7/21

Hi Team – It was a very busy week ending 3/7, as your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 94 families and provided groceries to a total of 241 people.  51 of the families received groceries through our Last Mile home delivery program.  6 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 3,716 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Albert, Amy & Jake VP, Angie, Deirdra & Dennis, Gary, Jean, Kelly, Laura, Melissa & Kylie, and myself. 

This week was almost a mirror image of last week, as we again served over 90 families.  In the last two weeks the volunteers of your Stroudwater Food Pantry served groceries to a total of 191 families, 12 of them new.  They were our busiest back-to-back weekends ever, and reflect the sustained need for hunger relief in a community that has long suffered from the impact of COVID-19.  Thank you, volunteers, for your continuing dedication to stand in the gap on behalf of so many!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 2/28/21

Hi Team – It was a very busy week ending 2/28, as your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 97 families and provided groceries to a total of 241 people.  56 of the families received groceries through our Last Mile home delivery program.  6 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 4,746 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Amy & Jake VP, Amy & Lila & Clare, Angie, Chad, Dennis, Gary, Jean, Kelly, Laura, Marcie, Michelle, and myself. 

This week we served groceries to 97 families, our busiest week so far this year.  We closed out February having provided 330 families a staggering amount of food.  Pantry volunteers spent 252 hours picking up and processing food, and building grocery boxes, to make the lives of those 330 families brighter and more meal secure.  Thank you everyone who volunteered this month, and God Bless you all! — Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 2/21/21

Hi Team – For the week ending the 21st, your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 77 families and provided groceries to a total of 158 people.  48 of the families received groceries through our Last Mile home delivery program.  3 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 5,610 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Amy & Jake VP, Angie, Dennis, Gary, Jean, Kelly & Jack, Laura, Michelle, and myself. 

Thank you everyone who volunteered this week!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 2/14/21

Hi Team – It was another busy week as your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 79 families and provided groceries to a total of 200 people.  55 of the families received groceries through our Last Mile home delivery program.  1 new family joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 3,036 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Amy & Jake VP, Angie, Dennis, Hunter & Sam, Jean, Jill & Ben, Kelly, Laura, Michelle, Nicolas and myself. 

Thank you everyone who volunteered this week!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 2/7/21

Hi Team – February rolled in with a bang as your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 77 families and provided groceries to a total of 161 people.  46 of the families received groceries through our Last Mile home delivery program.  1 new family joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups, food donations and purchases totaled 6,925 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Albert, Amy & Jake VP, Angie, Jean, Kelly, Laura, Lila & Claire & Amy G, Michelle, Shirley, Tammy and myself. 

The most spectacular event of the weekend was our food processing on Friday.  Pantry volunteers picked up, weighed, sorted and put away a staggering 4,223 lbs. of food; more than two tons of food, processing more groceries than any other Friday in our history! It was hard, laborious work but volunteers rose to the challenge and got everything ready for home deliveries, for our city agencies who come pick up food boxes, and our regular grocery distribution on Sundays.  God Bless our amazing volunteers! — Doug

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