Why do I volunteer at our local FoodCupboard?
I love this question.
It gives me the opportunity to express how fun, and rewarding it is.
The people we serve from our communities are a joy to see twice a month. It is a time filled with "catch up conversations" and food talk.
I love being able to help provide food for our community. My favorites are the fresh produce we get from GoodShepherd food bank and Ripley farm.
Exchanging how to cook and preserve these great foods is a learning experience for all of us.
Our community partners are so supportive in giving consumers ways to donate and help our FoodCupboard serve those in need.
The relationships we build are the best part of volunteering for me.
I like to hear the feedback from those we serve as they go through and pick out their choice of foods.
These are a couple reasons I so enjoy volunteering at our local FoodCupboard.
Kare King ,
Dover-Foxcroft area food Cupboard
What happens to a seed that is planted?
As the New Year begins, we thought it would be nice to let you know the past, present and future of Dover-Foxcroft Area Food Cupboard. It all began in the 1980's, when a small group of people from Dover-Foxcroft Assembly of God and the United Methodist Church realized that there were people in need of food in our community. A seed was planted in their hearts to begin the first food cupboard. They started working out of the churches and over the next several years , the need became greater and we ran out of space so we were continually moving to bigger places. Today, we have moved our location to the Piscataquis Regional Food Center. We are serving over 200 families a month. Our purpose is still the same as it was in the 1980s- meet the needs of our area with food and hope. Our motto says it all: Feeding People, Building Relationships. We want the people who come through our doors to have their physical and emotional need met.
We are thankful for our community churches, businesses and individuals, Good Shepherd Food Bank and our volunteers for providing us support financially and giving of their time. We couldn't do this without you! We are looking forward to the future work that we can do for our area to instruct people in making meals using food item and vegetable that come into our building. Its another step in helping people help themselves. We want to extend our hands and hearts to others in 2020!
On a personal note, I was asked why do I volunteer? For about 30 years, I have been volunteering at the local food cupboard in many capacities because I love to serve people. I feel like I am God's Hands extended to the weary and down hearted and I hope that I can make a difference in their lives through God's love and acceptance. It is hard enough for people to come to a food cupboard so I try to make them feel at home when they come through the doors. They may come in as a stranger but go out knowing that they have found a safe place. My desire is to continue to be part of this wonderful outreach.