Food Center Spotlight: Partnering with Save-A-Lot for Spice Drive 3.0

Today's Food Center Spotlight: the Piscataquis Regional Food Center's partnership with Save-A-Lot grocery in Dover-Foxcroft. It's a quiet morning at Save-A-Lot, with just one or two cars in the parking lot. As TMak and I head to the office, we pass by several big green plants by the hall. Scott, the regional manager, is wearing a red Patriot's hat and a dark blue Save-A-Lot vest. From Scott's office you can hear a little of the hustle and bustle in the store, mixed in with the noise of an industrial exhaust fan which sways the suspended industrial light above our heads. Scott ushers us in. We wanted to meet Scott this morning to hear about his observations on customer feedback with Spice Dri

As told by KIDS: a visit from Trisha Smith means seedlings, worm care and fun in Mr.Murray's cla

In the beginning of February children in Mr.Murray's class at SeDoMoCha had a chance to play in the dirt. How is that possible, you might wonder- in February, in the middle of the winter? Thanks to Trisha Smith, that's how! Trisha Smith is the community and home horticulture education assistant at Piscataquis county's University of Maine Cooperative Extension. With a little help from Trisha and Mr. Murray, kids were able to plant microgreens of kale and spinach with a growlight. Mr.Murray shared that kids "...also checked on our worm bin and gave them some more water." The young growers also drew about their experience planting in soil and tending to microgreen seedlings. It's pretty neat th

Wednesday's with Whitney

How do I get my super picky eater to get enough nutrients? Cereal, PB&J and mac n cheese, cereal, PB&J and chicken nuggets throw in the occasional applesauce and carrots sticks and there you have it, the stand-by menu requested by many of our youth. The struggle is real while juggling a million other tasks and responsibilities. When the list of foods your kids will eat is only a fraction of the list they will not eat, it is hard not to wonder if they are getting all the nutrients they need. Here are some tips and tricks to help ease your worrying mind. With health in mind: Did you know it often takes up to 20 times of trying a certain food for us to realize it might not be so bad? Yes, that

Thoughts on Poverty Part 2

I was recently in a public school, visiting children in an elementary classroom. They offer a breakfast to all children in the classroom, which is a great idea! It ensures that children have the ”fuel” to run their “engine” – otherwise known as their brain. It makes it possible for them to focus on learning, and not on the grumbling sound of their empty belly. Little Charlie was one of the first children I met. He was smaller than some of the other kids in this classroom, and pretty active! He was very excited about the choices for breakfast for this particular morning and was filling his pockets just as fast as he could. The teacher commented to me that he typically “hoards” food in the mor

First Annual Winter Carnival

Our First Annual Winter Carnival has come and gone. On Saturday, March 2nd, PR Food Center hosted the first of many such events to celebrate winter, family, and share with the community about who we are and what we are doing to fight hunger. It was a fun-filled day with lots of smiling, laughter, and sticky maple taffy faces. There is not enough gratitude in our hearts for all the businesses, volunteers, and community members who made this day such a success. I, personally, could not have done any of it without the support of our volunteers Merrilee Schoen, Amber Tibbets, Cherilyn Young, and all of the students who came in with ideas and brainstormed together on the games, painting, and

We Heart Whitney

Whitney Gould-Cookson is awesome. She is an integral part of the team here at Piscataquis Regional Food Center. Between her monthly blog, “Wednesdays With Whitney”, teaching the Cooking Matters classes, coordinating the yearly Gadget Drive and working with the food cupboard, she helps keep our mission of getting healthy food to people going. On this National Registered Dietitian Day, we just wanted to recognize Whitney for being awesome! It really does take a village to create something great, and there are times when we think Whitney is a village unto herself! She is so willing to give her time and knowledge, and is always willing to lend a hand. It is with great pleasure that we announce t

Let's Cook!

In February, PRFC helped bring the Cooking Matters program to Dover-Foxcroft. Cooking Matters is a program through Good Shepard Food Bank with partnerships with Maine SNAP-ed, Eat Well Nutrition Program and 5-2-1-0 and other organizations. https://www.gsfb.org/programs/cooking-matters-maine/ I signed up as sort of a guinea pig, who could obviously (if you've followed any of my Facebook posts) use the help. Whitney Gould Cookson and Tyler Parkhurst from Mayo Regional Hospital teach the class. How it works is we have a little talk/lesson with Whitney and Tyler and then we split up into groups for cooking. We usually make 2 or 3 recipes. Each participant gets a bag of ingrediets to take home

Thank You Bissell Brothers and their Customers

Do you remember the blog about Bissell Brothers Three Rivers hosting their 4 Weeks Of Giving back in December? For those of who didn't read the blog (how could you have missed it?), Bissell Brothers gives back to the community that supports them. They pick 4 organizations to raise money and awareness for their causes and in 2018, they chose PR Food Center. With the help of their support and customers, they raised over $700 to help with 2019 programs here at PR Food Center. This donation is going to help support Free Summer Meals programs in Milo as well as our FarmShare for Homebound Seniors in Milo as well as the rest of Piscataquis County and Dexter region. Erin Callaway, Executive Dire

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