We are very fortunate to have Jordan’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth donate fresh produce to the South Portland Food Cupboard every week. To be able to offer visitors beans, peas, zucchini, cucumbers, kale, Swiss chard and lettuce – just picked – is wonderful. We are also able to offer visitors recipes for these vegetables, courtesy of the UMaine Cooperative Extension Program.
We are seeing an extraordinary number of new families this month, a 48 percent increase over last July. Our budget is seriously strained, so the healthy produce is a gift.
The Food Cupboard has remained, and still is, 100 percent volunteer. We are not charged rent or utilities, thanks to St. John’s church, so monetary donations go to purchasing food for the Cupboard. We are very proud of our Cupboard and the many volunteers who faithfully give of their time each week. We are overwhelmed when others generously think of our work and so generously share their bounty.
Sybil Riemensnider, director
South Portland Food Cupboard