Our volunteers, led by Sue Butler, have created a cookbook for our clients using ingredients we offer in a healthy manner, especially focused on reducing salt and sugar. The initial cost was supported by a mini-grant from Good Shepherd as part of their Sodium Reduction project. Liz Wagner is our "resident" artist - view the cover on the right. At times clients have not taken food items with which they are unfamiliar. With this cookbook we hear, "Thank you! Now it will not be just the 'same old, same old.'" or "Yes, I'll try that!"
Pantry volunteer coordinator, Delene Perley, receives a generous contribution from Linda Halleran, Marketing Manager of Town and Country Federal Credit Union, as support of our mission and continuing efforts. The money is used for a new freezer and printing additional cookbooks.
Jim Perley, former Chair of the Board, receives a check from ALTRUSA Altrusa for over $1000 from the annual Empty Bowl event. For further information about the current event, check here.
Kim Block from Channel 13 interviews Edith McCormick for a piece she did about the Coordinator of the Pantry, Delene Perley, for "Those Who Make a Difference."
The Social Action Club of Maine Girls Academy (formerly McAuley High School) supplies us with turkeys at Thanksgiving time. What an amazing effort! They even include an additional box of food and napkins to complete the dinner!
She was the Statewide winner! Our pantry manager, Delene Perley, won the Senior Volunteer of the Year Award from Home Instead. You can read about it here. (Scroll down to find Maine.) Thanks to Home Instead for their support and the $500 to help us feed more people.
Watch for the annual Cranksgiving Bike Race on a Saturday in November. It is fun and helps the pantry in so may ways. Read about it here, Cranksgiving Bike Race. One of the participants made a great photo album viewable HERE!
The ANNUAL EMPTY BOWL fundraiser for Project FEED takes place in October at Woodfords Church on Woodford Ave. ALL monies raised go to the pantry. Great soups complete with unlimited refills, breads, and desserts were available for only $10. The photo above is of some of the soups and the many busy volunteers. Thanks to the members for all their work and efforts. We are pleased to be the recipient of this effort over many years. For more information see here.
Choral Arts Society's Manager, Michael Bachem presents a check for over $1000 to the Volunteer Pantry Manager, Delene Perley, following the Messiah Sing-A-Long. All donations, both food and monetary, are offered to the pantry as the musicians participate without compensation. Participants bring non-perishable food to support our effort and enjoy the evening.
and Jordan Farm on Cape Elizabeth.
Bangor Savings Bank generously contributed $1000 to our Good Shepherd account, to be used for food for our clients. Pictured are Delene Perley, volunteer pantry manager, Terry Thompson, Vice President of the Allen Avenue branch, and Stephan Woods, Regional Martket Manager for Portland.
Jennifer Boggs of St. Ansgar Church started to collect books from church members for our clients to have for their children. She said it was "feeding minds" too. Now others are contributing to this popular effort.
Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church through its Share the Plate often sends a generous check to the pantry. The church regularly contributes non-perishable food, cloth bags, and other needs to the pantry. As well a number of the church members volunteer.
STATEHOUSE VISIT -- In the past our Pantry Manager, Delene Perley, joined the Maine Hunger Initiative at the Augusta Statehouse to urge legislators to support a summer lunch program for Maine children, LD 860. Pictured here are Senator Justin Alfond of Portland, pantry managers and Maine Hunger Initiative representatives.