Nonperishables are needed all year long. When it's cold out, it's great to have a warm bowl of soup our chowder, a hot cocoa or cup of tea. Comfort foods are good, too: instant mashed potatoes (plain or flavored), mac'n'cheese, tuna noodle casserole.
Stop by our pop-up food drive on Saturday, December 17th to help all three pantries helping neighbors in Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, and South Portland. Give what you can.
Dropping off a couple extra canned goods might not seem like a big deal or very impactful. But if each of our 55,000 residents in South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough, all gave a couple cans or boxes of food, you’re talking 100,000 items that will feed hundreds of neighbors in need. That is super impactful, especially now when so many are having a hard time making ends meet.” Dwayne Hopkins, South Portland Food Cupboard
School Snacks Needed
As part of Project GRACE's annual back to school drive, we're hosting a food drive on Thursday, August 11th. Any nonperishable foods are welcome, especially PB&J, granola bars, fruit cups, and grocery gift cards in any amount to help families get ready for back-to-school. Volunteers will be on hand at the pantry from 4:00-5:30 to receive donations curbside.
Staple Foods Most Needed
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!
Thanksgiving "Fixings" Food Drive
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!!
"Cinco de Mayo" Taco Dinner Kits
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.)
Thanksgiving "Fixings" Food Drive
Hannaford Helps, Helps the Pantry
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.
Donation Box at Shaw's
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.
Proteins for the Pantry
Planning a Food Drive? Let us know!
Register your food drive. It helps us plan. Thank you!
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