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Dear Friends,

The past year was challenging in so many ways, but together we made it through! With your support, we doubled the amount of nutritious food we are able to share with local children and families. 

We're particularly proud of the new partnerships we forged and the relationships we strengthened with our school partners, other agencies, community groups, and local businesses. 

Onward we go! Each week, we're sharing more and more healthy food with our neighbors in need. 

Stay safe, and keep on #feedingthefuture!

The Locker Project team

Hooray for Our Partners! 

We rescue fresh produce, meat, and bread from partners Hannaford and Shaw's, Rosemont, Lois' Natural, and Standard Baking Co. We receive thousands of pounds of additional produce each week from Good Shepherd Food Bank, along with staples like pasta, tomato sauce, rice, soup, milk, and applesauce.

With the help of our dedicated volunteers, we pack more than 2500 green produce and purple staples bags every month. 
Helping Locker Project bags reach families in need are staff from nine Head Starts, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, and Portland Housing Authority, along with teachers, nurses, and social workers in the public schools in Portland, South Portland, and Westbrook. This past week, we welcomed a new partner, LearningWorks YouthBuild.

Partner Spotlight: Head Start

In 2020, our partnership with The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) and Head Start grew by leaps and bounds. We started the year serving four Greater Portland locations and ending the year serving nine! 

Each week since the pandemic began, TOA staff (family advocates, teachers, and home visitors) have come to the Locker Project to pick up bags of healthy food and deliver them to children's homes. All together, in 2020, we shared more than 28,000 pounds of fresh food and healthy staples with more than 100 Head Start families!

Community Food Drives 

Neighbors, friends, churches, and workplaces can help us collect the kid-friendly foods we need for families to stay nourished this winter. During the month of December, community partners Definitive BrewingHighroller Lobster Co., and Trademark Federal Credit Union all gathered healthy food for children and families at risk of hunger. Thank you!
Interested in organizing a food drive? Learn more about how it works and start collecting the items we need!

Volunteer Spotlight

Marilyn Finley and Annie Wells have been friends for nearly 50 years, since attending Bates College together. Annie is a retired 4th-grade teacher, and Marilyn retired from UNUM in 2016. They heard about the Locker Project from other friends, began volunteering together as liaisons to the East End Community School in 2019, and now come to the Locker Project each week to pack bags of staples and catch up. Thank you, Annie and Marilyn!

Events Calendar

Check out these upcoming Locker Project fundraisers:
  • For the month of February - Locker Project will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Fight Hunger Bag at the Hannaford store at 532 Main Street, Saco.
  • Starting in February - Walgreens customers can donate their myWalgreens rewards to the Locker Project.
  • Any time! Did you know you can donate your Clynk balance to support our programs? Sign in to your account, navigate to Donations, and choose Locker Project from the list.

Together, we can nourish our community.

Feed hungry kids and families by supporting our community partners and other Maine businesses. Buy local, and help make sure our neighbors have the nourishing food they need in the weeks ahead!
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