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North Berwick Food Pantry

The pantry is guided by the tireless Mary Craig, who can be contacted at (207) 676-4001 for any additional information or to make donations, usually on Mondays before or during the pantry’s hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All donations of food and/or funds may be dropped off at Mary Hurd Academy, or mailed to North Berwick Food Pantry, P.O. Box 571, North Berwick, ME 03906. Tax slips are available upon request. In addition, credit card donations may be made by calling Pantry Supervisor Jim Davis at (603) 312-2979.

Unfortunately, because donations of funds and products do not currently meet increasing client demands, the pantry is planning to decrease family allotments later in September so that all clients are able to receive some supplies. This decision has been made with heavy hearts by the pantry board, and the policy will continue until additional funds are available.
The North Berwick Food Pantry is struggling financially to meet the needs of the 200 families whom this volunteer organization serves every month.

Started 18 years ago by the New Covenant Baptist Church to help five families, it now is an independent food bank operating out of the Mary Hurd Academy, 77 High St. (Route 4). The space was designated to the pantry last year by the school district when the church was no longer able to accommodate larger food shipments and a growing number of clients.

Besides responding to the increasingly strained family finances of its clients, it’s easy to see why this particular food pantry is so popular. To register, you need only to provide your contact information and indicate the number of members in your family. Unlike the rules at some other area food pantries, you do not need to live in North Berwick to be included.

As a client, you walk through the pantry with a volunteer who tells you how much your family is allotted and helps you select those items that are appealing. This process both allows for client selection and increases the odds that food products are not wasted. Your food is bagged for you and delivered to your vehicle by volunteers. You can come monthly for any food that is available and weekly for produce and bread products.

Besides providing these advantages, the volunteers also are dedicated to good service. They strive to be friendly and accommodating. They sort, stock and clean with determination, and are thankful for their ability to do so with limited means. They pick up foods donated by Hannaford, BJ’s, and local farms and gardens, and have been known to make special deliveries to community members who are unable to visit the pantry or are in need of extra supplies.