Reaching out to feed the hungry in Mid-coast Maine
Welcome to the Ecumenical Food Pantry
located in Newcastle, Maine
We have been serving the Midcoast area
Our food pantry is open on Tuesdays (every week) form 9:30 AM to 11 AM
We are situated on the ground/parking lot level of Second Congregational Church in Newcastle (the address is 51 Main Street - but there are no numbers on the church). This is the large brick church on the corner across from the Newcastle Publick House - at the intersection of Business Route 1 and Academy Hill Road.
We were established to serve the towns of Damariscotta, Newcastle and Nobleboro,
but do not turn anyone away.
On Wednesday, July 23rd, Larson's held their Annual Lobster Roll Fundraiser for the Ecumenical Food Pantry. They presented us with checks and cash totaling $1,187!! $857 was from the sale of the rolls and the balance was from generous donations that day! Thank you!!!
SULLY'S EXTRAORDINARY DOGS
Again this year, Jim Erskine (owner of Sully's Extraordinary Dogs) has given local residents and vacationers an opportunity to not only have a great hot dog, but to also donate to the food pantry. He leaves a jar on the table and patrons are free to donate, if they wish - with absolutely NO pressure. So far in 2014, he has received over $780 - which he has given to pantry to help cover the cost of feeding the ever-increasing number of people in need. Thank you, Jim, for making this opportunity available!
The Ecumenical Food Pantry has hosted three food mobiles this year. We had one in April, one in June and one in September. At the most recent one, we served 135 families! It is much appreciated by everyone! All of these food mobiles were made possible by a grant from the Elizabeth Ann Leach Charitable Trust.
CHANGE IN HOURS
Due to the significant increase in clientele, it was necessary for us to adjust our hours of operation to minimize traffic jams and maximize safety. We are now open from 9:30 to 11:00 each Tuesday It's been almost a full year since we implemented the change and it has worked out well all the way around. Due to our streamlined process, we are able to serve as many as 130 families in the 90 minutes we are open!
NEW COMPUTER SYSTEM
In January, we implemented a new computer system. There was considerable preliminary work that went into getting it set up, but it was worth it! The system allows us to eliminate much duplicated work and generates its own reports. In addition, we are much "greener" with the elimination of the 17 pages of color-coded paperwork that was being generated each week. The clients have accepted the change with grace.
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