PBS News Hour Features Mission’s Food Security Programs


PBS News Hour recently visited the Mission’s Downeast to learn about our work with food security. PBS’s interview and filming at the Downeast Campus informed a longer tv segment airing this past weekend, “How work requirements for social security programs impact people in need.”

Food Programs for Stronger, Healthier, Informed Communities

Staff, Volunteers, working in our organic garden


BAR HARBOR, ME – Our Downeast Campus in Cherryfield includes a quarter-acre organic vegetable garden. Volunteers from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners program work with Mission staff to grow more than 2,000 pounds of produce annually for our food programs.

We hope to impact area residents’ eating habits, including the next generation’s habits, in order to create a stronger, healthier, and more informed community.

Thank you for considering Maine Seacoast Mission’s Foord Programs this #GivingTuesday.

Learn more about our food School-Based Programs, our Organic Pantry Garden, our Food Pantry, and our Sunbeam on Wheels which home delivers to people who cannot get to our Food Pantry.

A Guitar and a Kind Heart

Nancy and guitar. (Photo courtesy Marilyn Nickson)

Cherryfield, ME — The Mission’s June 6 Facebook post opened with: ‘Guitar Lost in House Fire, Seeking Replacement.’ Marilyn Nickson, Downeast Campus Community Coordinator, wondered if someone had “a guitar out there in good condition that might find a home” with an 80-year old woman who “lost everything some time ago in a house fire,” including her “prize possession” guitar.

Well, an secret angel with a guitar and a kind heart had a guitar for the woman we now know is Nancy.

Marilyn Nickson reconnected with Nancy a few days ago. “She was so happy! She’s been playing [guitar] since she was 15, she tells me. She wanted to thank the donor,” Marilyn said in an email accompanying this photo.

Thank you, as well, on behalf of Maine Seacoast Mission.

Birthday Gifts? Seven-Year Old Gavin Asks Friends to Help Feed the Hungry

Cherryfield, ME — Photo and note from the Mission Downeast Campus Caretaker Scott Shaw:

This is Gavin Beal For his 7th birthday Gavin wanted to have his friends bring food to his party, instead of gifts, for people who did not have anything to eat! This very cool young man and his mom, Christen Beal of Cherryfield, ME came in to donate to the Mission’s Downeast Campus food pantry.

Food Shelves and Refrigeration Upgrade for Milbridge Food Cupboard

The current Milbridge School Cupboard storage space filled with food. (Photo by Wendy Harrington)

Cherryfield, ME — Good news from Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington. Milbridge School Cupboard received a $1,000 grant from Good Shepherd Foord Bank for refrigeration and shelving. The Milbridge Elementary School Cupboard is a Maine Seacoast Mission program funded by Sewall.

Laura Thomas oversees the pantry. In December 2016 the Maine Education Association named Laura Thomas an “Inspiring Educator” for her work in Milbridge.

Snow? Food Pantry is Open and Ready to Serve

Maine Seacoast Mission Downeast Campus Food Pantry

Cherryfield, ME — Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington sends this photo and news item: On Tuesday February 14, the front door to the Downeast Campus Center is piled high with snow but the path to the Food Pantry door is shoveled and ready to serve customers. We want to make sure people can get to the pantry on the days between the recent snow storms.