Our Mission is to improve food security in the Piscataquis Region by connecting people with sources of healthy food.

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76 North St. / PO Box 264

Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426-1041

P: (207)343-0171 or (207)802-8230

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Happy Halloween!

It was all fun and games this last Saturday in downtown Dover-Foxcroft! Your favorite VISTA TMak was dressed to the NINES (hehehe) as the Queen of Hearts making Ghosty-tines with all the ghosts and goblins who came to visit! What is a Ghosty-Tine you ask? It is a fun and edible craft you can do with kids ages 2 to 92! All you need is some clementines, white tissue paper, and your imagination! Here's how you make your ghost if you missed visiting our table on Saturday. Wrap a clementine in tissue paper and tie the tissue paper just under the clementine. We used glue dots to attach googly eyes. Now it's time for your imagination to run wild and use stickers and markers to make a unique

Understanding Food Insecurity

Earlier this month, we shared a TED Talk from Clancy Cash Harrison about what food insecurity looks like. She touched on several pieces but one of the biggest things that struck is her openness about her bias about good foods and her lack of understanding as a provider in the lack of resources available for healthy, nutritious foods for S.N.A. After posting this TED Talk, we had a friend share with us their experience of being shamed for the choices they make each and every day between managing their health issues and their food resources. They asked to remain anonymous. I am food insecure sometimes. I have dealt with the stigma related to it for a long time. I also have health issues a

Kids Taking a Stand Against Hunger

Sometimes a plan just comes together. The stars align and you meet the right people at the right time and BIG things happen. This is one of those stories. You have already heard the first part of the story. Our partners from Mayo Regional Hospital and PRFC went into local schools during Hunger Action Month to talk about hunger with students. SeDoMoCha's 5th grade class was very moved by the thought of friends and community members being HUNGRY and wanted to do something about it. During our session we talked about different ways they could help the hungry around us and as a whole they chose to do do a Read-A-Thon, collecting food donations from family and friends for every book they rea

Recipe of the Month!

We know you have been waiting for it, and here it is! Our recipe of the month is Pumpkin Energy Bites. You can find the recipe here www.prfoodcenter.org/spice-drive. Tasty, delicious, and packed with protein, fiber, and other nutrients, these energy bites are sure to be a huge crowd pleaser. Pumpkin puree is such a great, versatile, and mild flavored fruit that can be served sweet or savory. Add it to your pancake or waffle mix, spice up (like my pun?!) your oatmeal, add it to your chili for a nutty flavor (trust me it's good!), or even make a creamy pasta sauce from pumpkin, broth, milk, and seasonings! It's uses are endless. There is a great article to find some unique, budget friendly

Have you ever felt judged?

For me, fall is a time of reflection, of looking back and taking stock of life. Today, I was reflecting back on the first couple of months here at PRFC and I was discussing with my colleagues about the responses I have received as I have shared about some of the work we are doing to end hunger in our community. I am not doing this work for the glory or the money (remember I am VOLUNTEER In Service To America), I am doing this work because I have seen first hand how hunger affects children every day while they try and learn and grow at school. I am excited to share the work we are doing and the programs being developed to help those that need a hand up to improve their lives. Food for thoug

Food Center Spotlight: Amy

Hi, I’m Amy McGill, Project Assistant at PRFC. I probably am the voice you hear when you call. I assist with the Farm Share for Homebound Seniors program, write for our website www.prfoodcenter.org and other typical office work. I also created the Spice Drive for the Dover-Foxcroft Area Food Cupboard. I really enjoy getting to know the people we interact with, especially our seniors. My passion in the work we do is ending the stigma of poverty, food insecurity and educating the community on ending this very real issue. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading and making jewelry and greeting cards. You can contact me at: amy@prfoodcenter.org #Spotligh

October Spice Drive

Fall is in the air, and you know what that means--Pumpkin Spice is everywhere! So we decided to get on the bandwagon and feature Pumpkin as our "Spice" of the Month. Pumpkin is packed full of vitamins and minerals and can be added into so many of our favorite foods. Pumpkin pancakes, cookies, and muffins are all the rage! Add it into savory dishes as well. To donate a can to the Spice Drive stop by the Dover Dollar Tree.

The Work We Do

If you have ever seen our ads in the Eastern Gazette or Piscataquis Observer and wondered what we are talking about when it comes to food insecurity or hunger, then watch this video. If you have ever stood in line at the grocery store and thought to yourself, "why are they using food stamps?", watch this video. If you have a friend or a loved one that relies on or has utilized SNAP, WIC, school lunch programs, or any other type of hand up and you want to help destroy the stigma surrounding these programs, then share this video. In the twelve minutes it takes to watch this video, you will understand why we do do what we do here at PRFC.

Fresh Food Friday

It's #FreshFoodFriday and we want to celebrate all the ways we get fresh food in our community. Do you grow your own? Visit local farmstands? Do you participate in a CSA? We want to take some time to celebrate a few of our local farms. They have partnered with us to provide fresh, healthy veggies to our FarmShare for Homebound Seniors program. Aren't these veggies from Stutzman's Farm Stand & Bakery, Helios Horsepower Farm, and Wyman's Farm beautiful? I drool every time I head over to the farms to pack FarmShares for our seniors. Where do you get your fresh food? Would you like to sponsor a senior next year in the FarmShare for Homebound Seniors program? You can send your donation to us

What's Happening at PRFC

We are so excited to be seeing some major changes happening here at PRFC! Amy and Theresa have moved into their new office space, Erin actually has doors on her office, and we almost have a new bathroom. Bathroom doors are just a minor issue, right? While we are excited about what's happening inside the physical space, there is a lot more going on behind the scenes as well. We will be getting new insulation and heat pumps installed next week, which means we stop huddling in Amy's work space for warmth, but we will actually be able to start utilizing the warehouse to begin storing food! Our FSHS program is just about complete for the year and we are looking at how we can continue working w

Pumpkin, Pumpkin Everywhere

Are you in the lover or hater category when it comes to all things pumpkin? I'm definitely in the lover category and love this time of year with pumpkins and squash, and everything nice. There are so many wonderful recipes out there to add this beautiful, vibrant orange food to your life. My family loves to make pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins, and, of course, pumpkin cookies! Share with us your favorite pumpkin recipe here and we may add it to our spice gallery this month! Not a pumpkin fan? Share your favorite fall recipe instead?

Reading for a Cause

SeDoMoCha Middle School 5th grade class has taken their learning session with PRFC for Hunger Action Month to the next level. After talking about what hunger means and learning that friends and neighbors in their community don't have enough to eat, they wanted to help! Here is what they came up with. For the next two weeks, the 5th grade class is doing a Read-A-Thon and asking sponsors to donate food items for the local food cupboards for every book they read! How thoughtful are these kids? So if you know a 5th grader let them know you want to sponsor them and their efforts to support their community members. Are you looking for ways to to support local food cupboards as well? Reach out

Hunger Action Month

We wrapped up Hunger Action Month at Thompson Free Library with a Feeding with Reading Event. What was Feeding with Reading? We hosted a special Story Time with local community members who are active in some aspect of feeding people in the community. The readers included our very own Theresa Makowski or TMAk as we like to call her. She is our Goodwill Americorps VISTA serving here to help end hunger in our community. Gene Ripley from Ripley Farms came with his family to share about growing vegetables and shared a wonderful story about farming with one amazing horse. And so Feeding with Reading would be complete without the wonderful rendition of "Stone Soup" read by SeDoMoCha 5th Grade