Thank you Thursday to Scout Troop 139 of Cherryfield

Thank you Thursday to Scout Troop 139 of Cherryfield

It’s Thank you Thursday. Today’s shout out of Mission love goes to Scout Troop 139 of Cherryfield led by Scott Davis, Amanda Davis, Lorena Caler, and Kaitlin Merchant.

Saturday April 17, Troop 139 held a food drive to help the community members who frequent the Mission food pantry. The Troop set up tables at three locations: 4 Corners Shop ‘n Save in Columbia, Bayside Shop ‘n Save in Milbridge, and Matthews Country Store in Steuben.

Troop 139 food drive participants were Hannah Roeber, Emery Merchant, Isaac Merchant, Acadia Verway, Maddie Gay, Sabrina Davis, Kiya Bunnell, Danny Caler, Bishmita Dahl.

Mission Food Programs Coordinator Stephanie Moores said of the drive, “Our food pantry tables were full. I was very excited to have so much food to put away. Canned veggies, fruit, cereal, pasta, soup, even diapers and baby formula!” Stephanie said Troop 139 “also raised over $645 for the pantry. We are so thankful.”

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Thank you Thursday for Jenny Jones at Bar Harbor Food Pantry

Thank you Thursday for Jenny Jones at Bar Harbor Food Pantry

It’s Thank you Thursday. Today’s shout out of Mission love goes to Jenny Jones for her five years’ local food security work as Bar Harbor Food Pantry’s (BHFP) executive director. Through a series of programs, BHFP provides people in Hancock County with drop by food distribution of perishable goods, non-perishable goods, free healthy meals, fresh produce, and even a retail boutique for second-hand clothing.

During her time at the pantry the programming and capacity of the organization was greatly expanded, reaching new families and creating new partnerships. She is leaving BHFP for a new position at Good Shepherd Food Bank where her position will entail supporting Northern and Eastern Maine food security agencies, including the BHFP.

Thank you for your work at Bar Harbor Food Pantry, Jenny. And the Mission looks forward to working with you at Good Shepherd.

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Bar Harbor Food Pantry

Good Shepherd Food Bank

Thank you Thursday to Mano en Mano

Thank you Thursday to Mano en Mano

It’s Thank you Thursday. Today’s shout out of Mission Love goes to Milbridge, ME based Mano en Mano (Hand in Hand).

Founded in 2005, Mano en Mano works with farm-workers and immigrants to help them thrive in Maine. The organization’s work includes partnerships with Maine Seacoast Mission.

Mission Service Program Director Wendy Harrington said, “We began working with Mano en Mano in the early days of the Mission’s EdGE program when they helped us support the English language learner students in the after-school program.”

This year, starting with a $10K Good Shepherd Food Bank grant to support distributing culturally-specific boxes of food for local families and for migrant workers, Mano en Mano partnered with the Mission, Vazquez Mexican Takeout Restaurant, and Downeast Community Partners. Using the Mission Downeast Campus Food Pantry as a central location the team distributed 165 boxes of food to 347 people.

“It..was so helpful having this partnership [and] great to provide food for families. Now they feel comfortable picking up food there,” said Mano en Mano migrant education director Juana Rodriguez-Vazquez.

Mission Service Program Director Wendy Harrington added, “This year our work with Mano en Mano has become more integrated around food security, financial support for people in the community, and the new housing initiative.”

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On the web: https://www.manomaine.org

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manomaine/

It’s Thank you Thursday for Bayside Shop ‘n Save

It’s Thank you Thursday for Bayside Shop ‘n Save

It’s Thank you Thursday and today’s shout out of Mission Love goes to the retail supermarket Bayside Shop ‘n Save in Milbridge.

Ask Mission staff working throughout the front lines of any and all of our food security services and programs. Their responses are always glowing and succinct. Case in point: Jillian, who is a powerhouse with food activities at our Downeast Campus, Cherryfield, says of Bayside Shop ‘n Save’s work with the Mission: “Bayside Shop ‘n Save has a strong commitment to our local community and donates surplus produce and bakery items every week. They rock.”

The past several months, when Covid-19 fallout caused our Food Pantry customers to more than double, Bayside never flinched. Their commitment to their community kept pace with increased demand.

Whether it is providing great tasting food for the popular Downeast Table of Plenty Sunday Dinners, saying yes to Food Pantry volunteers using Bayside’s parking area to successfully raise money to buy turkeys for Washington County Food Pantries to have for Thanksgiving — Bayside Shop ‘n Save does it all.

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