Letter: South Portland Food Cupboard gives thanks

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To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How do we “thank you? Let me count the ways”:

For the many, many food donations from so many businesses and organizations. For all of you that supported these efforts, we are extremely grateful. For the many monetary donations, the donations of toys and gifts we were able to share with families every week this month, for adopting a family in need, (those of you who did this were truly “Santa”). And for the lovely woman who just stopped by with homemade cookies for us.  So many people donated food that it was difficult keeping up with who did what. You all made these donations a gift to our efforts at the Cupboard and we love you for it.

Our Cupboard shares well over a week’s worth (21 meals) with every member (up to 4 people) of a family that meets our income guidelines.  We have done this for 15 years, and our Cupboard works like a well-oiled machine. There are now close to 50 of us, all volunteers that work so very well together that we are a family. Clients are treated with care and dignity. Our volunteers worked tirelessly this past month; they are very, very special men and women.

This December we had a significant increase in clients over December 2010.   This does not bode well for the upcoming year.  With your constant support we will be able to meet the challenge.

Sybil Riemensnider, director
South Portland Food Cupboard