Kids are home for summer break, on vacation, but many are hungrier over the summer. That's because they don't get meals and snacks at school. Families with already tight budgets often come up short in the summer. And their kids go hungry.
We are fortunate when local gardeners share their backyard bounty. Most home gardeners and community gardens harvest more fresh produce than their families and neighbors can consume, and we welcome their abundance.
We strive to offer our patrons the most wholesome foods possible.
We encourage backyard gardeners to report donations to the Maine Cooperative Extension's Harvest for Hunger program.
Some kids don't. We have cereal, and it would be great to have grocery gift cards so that families can buy milk, yogurt, and other perishables.
Shelf-stable staple foods, including canned foods, boxed food, and bulk grains are always needed. Items frequently in short supply are in bold..
Remember, our patrons eat what you eat! We don't accept expired, open, or damaged food. That box or can gathering dust on the shelf or from the way back of your cupboard might still be good, but please check to be sure it is before you bring it to us. Thank you!
Coffee, Tea, Cocoa
CONDIMENTS & SPICES
Mayonnaise, Ketchup, Mustard, Pickles, Relish, Olives, Hot Sauce, Spices
PASTA & GRAINS & BEANS
Noodles, Spaghetti, Pasta, Polenta.
Rice, Lentils, Beans, Chickpeas,
CEREALS & GRANOLA
Low sugar breakfast cereals, granola snack bars, energy/protein bars, granola, oatmeal
Peanut Butter / Nutella or Hazlenut Spread
Canned Tuna / Salmon / Chicken / Ham
Chili / Soups with Protein
Lentils / Beans
Instant or canned soup, stew, chili, chowder
also needed: low-salt soups, vegetarian or vegan soups
FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Canned or dry fruits
Vegetables of all sorts (beans, corn, carrots, peas, etc.)
Tomatoes / Tomatoe Sauce
Potatoes (mashed, augratin, etc.)
Other welcome items include:
Baby formula, baby food, diapers.
Dish detergent, personal hygiene soaps and creams, toothbrushes, toothpaste
Clothes washing detergents
Sponges, paper towels, toilet paper.
Foods for dietary restrictions (gluten free, low / no sugar, low / no salt)
Visit the Maine Cooperative Extension for a great list of pantry items!