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!
We will have the turkeys (thank you, Scarborough Kiwanis!), but we need help gathering the traditional fixings and sides like gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, crispy onion topping for green bean casserole, and more...
Project GRACEand the SPD Volunteers in Police Service are hosting a food drive for us! Let them know what you can bring on Thursday Nov. 4th or 11th. Thank you!!
During the month of May, the Scarborough Food Pantry is giving taco dinner kits, and Project GRACE is contributing fresh limes, onions, and sweet peppers. If you'd like to help build a kit, follow this link to our SignUpGenius. You can bring your donation to the pantry on any Tuesday afternoon (1-4) or email Project GRACE at email@example.com if that timing isn't convenient. Don't want to shop? You can also donate to sponsor a meal kit.
What's in a kit? Taco shells, MILD seasoning and sauce, rice, shredded cheese, beans, onion, lime, sweet bell pepper, and ground beef. (PLEASE DO NOT DONATE MEAT, instead give a gift card or the other items.)
During the five weeks mid-November to mid-December, H annaford customers can help fight hunger by being on the lookout for the Buy 1, Give 1 Program beginning November 15. When customers purchase participating products, Hannaford will donate the same item to a regional food bank (Good Shepherd). None of this food will come to the Scarborough Food Pantry, but it will go to communities serving the hungry in Maine. (Week One: 11/15: Canned Vegetables; Week Two: 11/22: Pasta; Week Three: 11/29: Applesauce; Week Four: 12/6: Cereal;Week Five: 12/13: Toothbrushes and Toothpaste.)
The Scarborough Food Pantry will continue to need support from the community, and we we appreciate your generosity. To protect the health of our patrons and volunteers, we are not accepting unannounced drop-off donations of food at this time. We are also temporarily limiting collection sites. Please contact us before making plans to collect or donate food. We thank you for helping us keep our community healthy.
You can also help with a monetary donation: send a check payable to the Scarborough Food Pantry c/o the First Congregational Church, 161 Black Point Road, Scarborough, ME 04074 or make an online gift to our friends at Project GRACE who will make sure your gift helps us feed a neighbor.
There is a non-perishables donation box at the Scarborough Shaw's at 417 Payne Road (corner of 114 & Payne). You can leave non-perishable foods (boxes and cans) in the box, and our volunteers will bring them to the pantry. At this time, we are not accepting drop-in donations at the pantry.
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.