Two new initiatives in 2013 were very supportive of our pantry and our clients. The Social Action Club of McAuley High School supplied us with over 125 turkeys at Thanksgiving time. What an amazing effort! Below only a few of the many turkeys unloaded and distributed that day.
And Santa Bil provided gifts for families who otherwise would not have had a Christmas for their children. Thanks to both.
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 the first 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 ALTRUSA 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.
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. The 2013 Sing-Along was December 16 at Woodfords Church at 7 pm. 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.
Our PANTRY MANAGER was interviewed by WGME, Channel 13, in Portland. Read about it here.
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.