11,000 POUNDS

The 2017 season

We Couldn't Have Done It Without Community Help

Our sincere thanks to the individuals and farms who grew and provided fresh produce and other items for the 2017 Summer distributions.  A special thanks to the First Congregational Church in South Paris for hosting our distributions and letting us use their fabulous kitchen for the cooking demonstrations.  A big "thank you" to Pietree Orchard in Sweden for letting us glean their strawberry fields in July. Gleaning has been around since ancient times and is a way of collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been commercially harvested. It reduces food waste and helps feed those in need.

The individuals and families we serve in the South Paris and Rumford, Maine area are truly grateful to the following gardeners and farmers who donated fresh produce this season:

  • Becky Armstrong, Mary Buckman, Phoebe & Rick Call, Sue Day, Paul Duclos, Charlotte & Bill England, David Fisher, Tony Forsythe, Wally Frank, Jessicca Grover, Suzanne Grover, Linda Hooker, Maureen Howard, Juanita Keene, Arlene Kerr, Seri Lowell, Tammy MacDormand, Barbara Murphy, Bob O'Brien, Sue Pratt, Carol Rice, Ken & Diane Ward, Cooper Farms, Pietree Orchard, Wildfire Fellowship Farm

Items donated include: acorn squash, apples, arugula, banana peppers, basil, beans, beet greens, beets, blueberries, broccoli, blue hubbard squash, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherry tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, eggs, green peppers, jalapeño peppers, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mustard greens, napa cabbage, onions, pattypan squash, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, rhubarb, rutabagas, scallions, summer squash, sun gold tomatoes, tomatoes, sweet dumpling squash, Swiss chard, white turnips, winter squash, zucchini

Gleaning strawberries at Pietree Orchard's fields in Sweden.

Gleaning strawberries at Pietree Orchard's fields in Sweden.

Harvesting chard in Rumford.

Harvesting chard in Rumford.

Recipients of the fresh food:

  • 100+ families each week at the Rumford and South Paris harvest distribution sites
  • Bridgton Food Pantry, Bridgton United Methodist Church, 214 Main St., Bridgton, ME
  • St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates St., Lewiston, ME 
  • Oxford Hills Food Pantry, 16 Green Street, Christ Episcopal Church, Norway, ME
  • Otisfield Food Pantry, East Otisfield Baptist Church, Rayville Rd., Otisfield, ME
  • Otisfield Food Pantry, Spurs Corner CMA Church, State Route 121, Otisfield, ME
  • Oxford Helping Hands, 3rd floor Town Office, 85 Pleasant St., Oxford, ME
  • Servant's Heart Food Pantry. Peru Baptist Church, Peru, ME
  • Maine Veterans Home, 477 High St., South Paris, ME
  • West Paris Food Pantry, West Paris Baptist Church, 15 Church St., West Paris, ME
  • Seniors at the Oxford Rec Center, 223 King St., Oxford, ME


Community Help from Across the State...

In August 2017, we again had some enthusiastic volunteers from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Students from the "Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good" visited the Oxford Hills area to learn more about rural Maine communities. They volunteered in the garden helping to prepare vegetables to give away that evening. Once the produce was moved to the distribution site, they helped set up tables and chairs and joined the distribution line. Thank you to all the students who came to help and we hope to see again next year!