It’s Thank you Thursday. Today’s shout out of Mission love goes to Gena Norgaard.
Gena began her work with the Mission as a volunteer in the Recycle Shop and the Food Pantry in 1983. In 1997, she was named the Food Pantry Coordinator and continued in that position until 2020. Gena created a food pantry that was inviting and friendly with the atmosphere of an old-fashioned general store.
Thank you, Gena, for decades of service to Maine Seacoast Mission. We honor your life of generous support to the community and our neighbors.
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On the web: https://www.seacoastmission.org/what-we-do/food/food-pantry/
Cherryfield, ME — Here is a photo of Food Pantry Manager & Senior Companion Program Supervisor Gena Norgaard, Robbie and all the master gardener volunteers getting the garden planted. (From Downeast Campus Caretaker & Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Scott Shaw🙂
Gena Norgaard harvesting carrots at Downeast Campus organic garden. (Photo by Wendy Harrington)
Cherryfield — Our Downeast Campus includes a quarter-acre organic vegetable garden where volunteers from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners program work with Mission staff to grow more than 2,000 pounds of produce annually for the food pantry and the Downeast Table of Plenty.
The carrots are harvested, the fence is down, and the garden is put to bed for the winter. A cover crop of oats, visible in this photo growing behind Food Pantry Manager & Senior Companion Program Supervisor Gena Norgaard, is planted to help replenish the nutrients.