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 will be holding their Annual Lobster Roll Fundraiser for the Ecumenical Food Pantry. In past years, this event has resulted in donations in excess of $1,000! People are very generous!
HELP FROM LINCOLN ACADEMY
During the months of January through May, two of the alternative ed students at Lincoln Academy came to the pantry and served up some delicious soups. They were demonstrating how clients could use some of the food available at the pantry - including dry beans and lentils.
Lincoln Academy also sent students to assist with the food mobiles. We had one in April and one in June. We served about 100 families each time. Both of these food mobiles were made possible by a grant from the Elizabeth Ann Leach Charitable Trust.
We are planning on a third food mobile in September.
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. This has worked out well all the way around. 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 at least 17 pages of color-coded paperwork generated each week. The clients have accepted the change with grace.
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