Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 2/23/20

Hi Team – This past Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 58 families and provided groceries to a total of 160 people.  This includes 8 families we delivered groceries to, as part of our Last Mile home delivery program.  9 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 4,443 lbs., and included a large U.S.D.A. TEFAP food donation Nick and I picked up from Wayside Food Programs.  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Cat, Donna, Jean, Karlene, Nick, Nicki, Phil, Rena, Sandra, Scott, Steve D., Steve K. and myself.  Clay Waites offered prayer for clients seeking prayer.  Thank you everyone who volunteered week!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 2/16/20

Hi Team – This past Sunday the 16th your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 61 families and provided groceries to a total of 135 people.  10 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 1,644 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Cat, Donna, Jean, Joe, Karlene, Nick, Nicki, Phil, Sandra, Scott, Steve Keen and myself.  Thank you everyone who volunteered week!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 2/9/20

Hi Team – This past weekend your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 52 families and provided groceries to a total of 150 people.  5 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,460 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Angie, Cat, Donna, Jean, Michelle & Matt & Ben, Misty & Beth & Ben & David, Nick, Phil, Scott, Steve and myself.

And now, some exciting news about your Stroudwater Food Pantry’s latest new program:

Back in December we started piloting a new program to deliver groceries to the homes of qualifying clients who cannot travel to our pantry. We expanded the effort in January, and at this time we are serving 15 households in a program called Last Mile Home Delivery, a program that goes more than the extra mile, it goes the last mile need to get groceries to the doors of people who cannot come to us.  It is yet another opportunity to further close the gap on meal insecurity in southern Maine. Steve Dulac, a long-time volunteer with the pantry, manages this program.

Some of you know that last year we were awarded a grant to buy a delivery van in support of our new outreach effort.  Last week we purchased our van and this week we start using it for making our home deliveries.  We anticipate the van will become a game changer for us, enabling us to both pickup larger volumes of food, and to deliver to larger numbers of Last Mile Home Delivery clients.  In doing so it allows your Stroudwater Food Pantry to grow beyond the limits of its brick and mortar footprint, and serve an ever-expanding community that needs our help, now more than ever.

Thank you everyone who accepts our scheduled volunteer assignments each month; regardless whether it is for Friday food processing, Sunday distributions to clients, or in support of our new Last Mile program, it is very much appreciated!  The work you do and the support you provide continues to better enable your Stroudwater Food Pantry to meet the changing needs of a continually growing community.

Thank you, and God Bless you all!  —  Doug

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 2/2/20

Hi Team – On Superbowl Sunday your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 60 families and provided groceries to a total of 164 people.  9 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,592 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Adam, Angie, Cat, Debbie, Donna, Jean, Karlene, Nick, Nicki, Phil, Sandra, Scott, Steve and myself.

January was a big month for us, as we processed 6½ tons of food and served more than 225 families!  2020 has started off with a bang, and included the formal rollout of your Stroudwater Food Pantry’s newest program: Last Mile Home Delivery of groceries to families who cannot travel to our church.  We are currently delivering to 13 households, most of whom are either elderly client or who suffer from medical issues that prevent them from driving, and we expect this number to grow as the year progresses.

Thank you everyone who volunteered in the very busy month of January, and who help get 2020 off to such a great start!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 1/26/20

Hi Team – This past Sunday the 26th your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 56 families and provided groceries to a total of 148 people.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 3,241 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Angie, Cat, Debbie, Donna, Jean, Karlene, Michelle, Phil, Rena, Sandra, Scott, Steve and myself.  Thank you everyone who volunteered week!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 1/12/20

Hi Team – This past Sunday the 12th your Stroudwater Food Pantry served 55 families and provided groceries to a total of 134 people.  6 new families joined the pantry this week.

Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,515 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Anna, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Donna, Jean, Karlene, Lois, Michelle, Nick, Phil, Rena, Sandra, Steve, Tammy and myself.  Thank you everyone who volunteered week!

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Stroudwater Food Pantry Status – 1/5/20

2020 offered us a busy initial Sunday as your Stroudwater Food Pantry kicked off its inaugural weekend of the new decade!  We served 49 families and provided groceries to a total of 154 people.  14 new families joined the pantry this week.  Our supermarket food rescue pickups and food donations totaled 2,008 lbs.  Volunteers for this week included Anna & Venna, Anne, Cat, Debbie, Donna, Jean, Karlene, Lois, Michelle, Phil, Sandra, Steve, Tom & Lila, and myself.

2020 ushers in with the potential for new pantry programs, the forging of stronger community partnerships, and the expanding of our outreach to communities throughout southern Maine.  This new year promises exciting opportunities for your Stroudwater Food Pantry!  Thank you everyone who kicked off this year by volunteering this week!

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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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