We are so blessed to have wonderful volunteers. There are approximately 25 people who volunteer their time every week - all year long. In addition, there are many who volunteer on an 'as needed' basis. Our volunteers are THE BEST!!
Again, we want to thank SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. They have recently advised the Food Pantry that we can have more space. They have been extremely generous to us. Since our client visits have ballooned more than 700% over the past few years, we have been bulging at the seams, trying to store the food necessary to accommodate this increase. We are truly grateful for the Church's help in meeting the needs of the food insecure in our neighborhood.
First thing on Tuesday mornings, some of our volunteers prepare the produce and bakery items in the kitchen. They organize everything and sort out anything that is not longer edible.
The Diaper Gap Group is now distributing diapers at the Food Pantry on Tuesday mornings. Recipients simply need to sign up and show their Maine Care card, then they can receive the disposable diapers. Diapers are repackaged into bundles of 20 and each recipient receives one bundle each week.
REFRIGERATION AT THE PANTRY!
Stay tuned for exciting news about the addition of freezers and refrigerators at the Food Pantry! We have the space, now we need to work out the financing and other details. More information will be posted as soon as it is available!
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is an arm of the USDA which provides surplus food to food pantries and soup kitchens. This year, the Ecumenical Food Pantry will receive six deliveries from TEFAP. Our next shipment arrives on April 27th and will have several much needed items including juice, peanut butter, canned peas and cereal.
Ecumenical Food Pantry
51 Main Street
P.O. Box 46
Newcastle, Maine 04553