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Summer wrap-up and how you can help
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More than 10,500 Green Bags later...

What a summer! When the school year ended in June, we kept our Green Bag program going, filling up to 500 bags a week with healthy staples and fresh produce. Thousands of pounds of produce and bread rescued from Hannaford, Shaw's, Rosemont, and Standard Baking, along with huge donations from Good Shepherd Food Bank and produce from local farms, have helped us keep families stocked with fresh tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, plums, apples, and so much more. Since mid-March, we've packed more than 10,500 bags of produce and staples for families in need, sharing more than 200,000 pounds of food in less than six months! 

We couldn’t do it without your support!

This amazing community

We've heard from so many families about how grateful they are to have fresh produce available. One young women helping to distribute our Green Bags in Portland wrote us "to convey the feeling that I had (and could detect in the eyes and demeanor of recipients) of real hope and relief that despite all of the fear in the air, the community was and is stepping up to fill the gaps and take care of one another."
 
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the staff at the Portland, South Portland, and Westbrook district food service and transportation departments, the Opportunity Alliance Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Portland Housing Authority, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, plus the many volunteers who have helped get our Green Bags to families.Thank you, all!   #feedingthefuture


What will this school year look like?

Like parents, teachers, and administrators everywhere, we are cautiously optimistic that schools will remain open and children will have everything they need to grow and learn, including nutritious food.
We need your help!

CIEE in Portland donated 300 beautiful backpacks, and we need help filling them with snacks and breakfast items. A donation of just $20 provides 4 children with breakfast and snacks for a full week. 

Starting next week and throughout the school year, we'll need volunteers to make no-contact deliveries to schools. Give us a shout if you're interested!
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Speaking of volunteers...join us on Zoom

If you've ever volunteered for the Locker Project or would like to learn more about the many ways to help out, join us on Thursday, September 3 at 4 PM for our first-ever Virtual Volunteer Party! With the generous support of our our event sponsor, Camden National Bank, we'll be recognizing several volunteers from last school year and providing a full update on the current opportunities available. If you can't make the Zoom call but want to stay in the loop, join our Volunteers group on facebook, fill out the volunteer signup form on our website, or drop Steve Phillips a line at volunteer@mainelockerproject.org

Together, we can nourish our community

Help feed hungry kids by supporting Maine businesses. Visit our website for the list of Locker Project community partners. Buy local, and help them help us to nourish hungry kids and families in the weeks ahead!

 
Check out these upcoming Locker Project fundraisers:
August 29- September 7, Highroller Lobster is holding a raffle with two Grand Prizes! Each prize includes a SeaBag, hoodie, face masks and and $25 gift card. Proceeds will be split between the Locker Project and Black Owned Maine.
September 1-30Portland Food Co-op's Register Roundup will provide needed support for Locker Project programs.
September 1-30, the Locker Project will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Fight Hunger Bag at the Hannaford store at 295 Forest Avenue, Portland.
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