2012-08-10 / Letters


Group thankful for garden produce

To the editor:

We were so pleased to see the ladies from the South Portland Community Garden come to the South Portland Food Cupboard the past two weeks with fresh, washed and bagged vegetables. They intend to continue throughout the summer and we are very grateful. Thank you Linda and Rachel!

We are also receiving fresh produce throughout the growing season from Jordan’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth, thanks to the Maine Hunger Initiative’s and TD Bank’s “Farm to Pantry” program. Our thanks to them again this year.

The Sullivan family in Cape Elizabeth plants squash, zucchini, cucumbers and beans for us every year; we thank them and the volunteers who pick for us.

What a gift this fresh, healthy, produce is for our clients – and there are many clients. This past fiscal year we averaged 273 families a month, and within these families were 660 men, women and children. We do have a screening process that requires specific information and income requirements. Nearly half of the clients this year had never had to access a food pantry before. This is a sad reality.

Monetary and food donations are always needed for this all volunteer food pantry.

We have more than 50 volunteers, no salaries, rent or utilities and all funds go for the purchase of food. Businesses such as Legion Square Market, Native Maine Produce, and SCS give us special pricing; we could not survive without their help.

So, we have a lot to be grateful for and our thanks go to all who think of helping us help others.

Sybil Riemensnider, director
South Portland Food Cupboard

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