The Machias Area Food Pantry, founded in 1986 by the late Helen Vose, operates out of Centre Street's vestry. Open from 1:00 to 6:00 on Mondays, the MAFP serves eleven local communities: Bucks Harbor, Cutler, East Machias, Jonesboro, Machias, Machiasport, Marshfield, Northfield, Roque Bluffs, Wesley, and Whitneyville.
Co-directors Ken Warner and Nancy Lewis oversee the week-to-week operation, with help from a small army of dedicated volunteers, and the pantry is also served by a Board of Directors chaired by Lynne Gibson.
Over the years, the number of pantry patrons has risen, and it now strains the church's ability to serve patrons comfortably and efficiently. Everything from canned vegetables to toilet paper is loaded on carts, shelves, and tables, filling the church's vestry from end to end.
A building committee began fundraising, purchased several acres of land, and hired Onion Town Builders to erect a dedicated home for the Machias Area Food Pantry. Groundbreaking took place in September of 2022, and we're looking forward to a celebratory ribbon cutting and moving in party within a few months.
In addition to serving people in the Machias area, the new location will allow the pantry to serve as a hub where the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine's largest hunger-relief organization, can deliver supplies for some of the smaller food pantries in Washington County.
We invite you to contribute to this vital ministry!
Just mail your gift to: Machias Area Food Pantry P.O. Box 444 Machias, ME 04654.
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