‘Culturally Relevant Food’ Day at Pantry is a ‘Wow!’

‘Culturally Relevant Food’ Day at Pantry is a ‘Wow!’

Starlet Moffitt, Joe O’Campo, Levi Shaw, Stephanie Moores and Wren Wakeman. They were packaging foods to get ready for distribution. They all work for the Mission.

CHERRYFIELD, ME — Megan Smith, Maine Seacoast Mission Community Resource Coordinator, gives yesterday’s “culturally relevant food” distribution at the Mission Food Pantry a big “Wow!” In a follow-up email, Megan said:

“What a wonderful amazing day. The partnership and camaraderie I saw today was beyond compare. We were able to serve the “culturally relevant food” to 105 families! Adding the number of families served yesterday for our regular day brings the total families served to 163. We are all exhausted but happy that we were able to fulfill so many requests.

“I want to say thank you to all the staff and volunteers from Mano en Mano and Seacoast Mission who made this possible. Without you we wouldn’t have been able to turn this around so quickly,” Megan said.

Learn more about the Mission Food Pantry.

Fresh Produce Displayed for Food Pantry Drive-Through Patrons

Fresh Produce Displayed for Food Pantry Drive-Through Patrons

CHERRYFIELD, ME — Megan Smith, Interim Food Pantry Manager at the Mission, sends this photo of the Food Pantry’s new “Fresh Produce” sign proudly hanging on the canopy covering the fresh produce display.

This set-up is used on Food Pantry drive-through days to offer customers a chance to see and choose their favorite produce.

Food Pantry Update – 55 Families Served, Use Drive-Through

Food Pantry Update – 55 Families Served, Use Drive-Through

CHERRYFIELD, ME — On Tuesday, May 12, 55 families used our drive-thru food pantry. Some families picked up commodities and a food box, and we delivered food to other families.

Today’s theme was corn chowder. We gave out potatoes, heavy cream, corn and a recipe.

We tried something new today. We put all our produce outside where people driving in could see it. This way each family could tell us their fresh produce preference. It worked extremely well. People loved the idea.

I know I say this every time but the Food Pantry staff is amazing. Tuesday, even at its busiest, the staff put out quality food boxes, they were always upbeat and ready to help in any way possible. As our patrons’ needs increase, and I have to spend more time with food business at the computer and on the phone, I know the Food Pantry is in capable hands.

Megan Smith
Interim Food Pantry Manager
Community Resource Coordinator – Maine Seacoast Mission

Amazing, Busy, Apple Crisp Day at Mission Food Pantry

Amazing, Busy, Apple Crisp Day at Mission Food Pantry

Mission Food Pantry Do-It-Yourself Apple Crisp Kit

CHERRYFIELD, ME — Today was an amazing and busy day at the Food Pantry. Our theme of the day was apple crisp. We gave out oats, sugar and apples with each box so families could make their own.

We served 40 families/117 people. Twenty families had food delivered; 20 families picked up at the Food Pantry. We’ve received very positive feedback about our online Food Pantry ordering system. Our clients find it helpful. We do too. Our clients receive more of what they want. We waste less food. The pantry staff was able to keep track of all incoming phone-calls, the online orders, and the food deliveries. That was no small feat.

We were so busy Farmer Michael made a second trip to bring us more salad greens to give out.

I am very proud of my staff for always thinking outside the box and finding new and innovative ways to serve our patrons.

Megan Smith
Interim Food Pantry Manager
Community Resource Coordinator