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 people say "No, I won't take that. I really don't know what to do with it." Now they do, and they are very pleased.
Jim Perley, 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."
Jim Perley, President of the Board of Project FEED, accepts a generous donation from Tammy Torres of the People's United Community Fund. Such donations allow us to continue to help our deserving and needy clients.
The Social Action Club of McAuley High School supplies us with turkeys at Thanksgiving time. What an amazing effort! This year they included an additional box of food and napkins to complete the dinner!
Hall Elementary School children collect food for the pantry because their Grandma volunteers here! Pass it along.
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 of 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 collects books from church members for our clients to have for their children. She thinks of it as "feeding minds" too.
Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church through its Share the Plate in November sent 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.
For Thanksgiving one year, Town and Country Credit Union made a generous contribution to the pantry as a result of their campaign to end hunger. Pictured are the CEO of Town and Country, David Libby, and the volunteer Pantry Manager, Delene Perley.
STATEHOUSE VISIT -- 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 is Senator Justin Alfond of Portland, pantry managers and Maine Hunger Initiative representatives.
CLEAN GREEN HOME -- Sally Breen, environmentalist, homemaker and expert cleaner, brought recipes and materials for interested clients and volunteers to learn how to make cleaning products for their homes themselves. Participants went home with samples and an instruction booklet.