Student Group Helping Eliminate Hunger

0314th and 5th graders from the Kennebunkport Consolidated School Go Running Our Way (G.R.O.W.), a co-ed running program that promotes fitness and healthy habits while building confidence and positivity through group discussions and activities, are helping to eliminate hunger in their school district. The team raised $374 by collecting spare change to help support the Food for Thought Backpack Program, a locally run service that provides weekend meals for food-insecure students in the RSU21 school district.

Jennifer Gallo, a local resident who volunteered her time this spring at Kennebunkport Consolidated School, led this running program for 4th and 5th grade students. Her enthusiasm to volunteer and help train and mentor students to care for one another’s needs beginning right within their own school district is indicative of the kind of community we have here in the Kennebunks. Children going home over the weekend and coming back to school on Monday hungry is a real problem. Local business owners and leaders are passionate about doing something to help and have been raising money for nearly a year to start and fund the Backpack Program; but when the students step up to make a difference, it is worth noting. Would you join these students and support the Food For Thought Backpack Program goal of raising $20,000? It costs $250 per child to supply food on the weekends for one child for the school year. You can donate online here at the Community Outreach Services website or send your check payable to “COS” with a memo of Backpack Program. COS is a 501(c)3 organization servicing the emergency needs of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel for nearly 25 years.
PO Box 1175
Kennebunk, ME 04043

Port Canvas Donates Backpacks for Fundraiser

Food 4 ThoughtA Huge Shout Out and Thank You to Port Canvas of Kennebunkport for donating these custom embroidered Food-4-Thought fundraising backpacks!

We so appreciate the support of local businesses as we get our Backpack Program up and running to feed hungry local kids!  Look for these backpacks at our upcoming fundraising events, and feel free to donate directly into them.  Every dollar donated to the COS Backpack Program goes directly to purchasing food for the program.

Hope to see you and your friends at the upcoming Sacks-2-Packs Sunset Cruise on Kylie’s Chance on July 16, 2015 from 6-8pm, where all proceeds will benefit the Food-4-Thought Backpack Program!  For ticket information or to purchase tickets online, please go to http:/ Tickets may also be purchased and picked up at the New Vision Custom Solutions Offices at 6 Brown Street in Kennebunk after June 8.

Save the date for the Sacks-2-Packs Fall Swap on October 2nd!  Location and more information coming soon!

Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

delivering_hopeEvery second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 22 years.

Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.

The United States Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, AFL-CIO, Feeding America, United Way, Valassis and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems are all supporting this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.

With 49 million people facing hunger every day in America, including nearly 16 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help.

Volunteer Drivers Needed

carryfoodAre you willing to use some of your time in helping deliver food to those who are in need? Community Outreach Services, known also for being the “Food Pantry” for the towns of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel, needs more volunteer drivers. You don’t have to be the best driver; you just have to care the most.

The Food Pantry, located in the facilities at St. Martha’s Church, supplies food for a 3-day supply to those who are struggling financially to pay for food and find themselves in an emergency situation to feed their family. The role of the driver is essential in getting the food to these people. You deliver to the three town locations. You do NOT deliver to any homes.

We need drivers Monday through Friday. We have drivers for the summer but are in more need of winter drivers. Most drivers volunteer 1 or 2 times each month. The time involved is in packaging the food and driving to any of the three town locations.

foodboxesWe will train volunteers so you are very comfortable in knowing what to do. The training takes about 15 minutes. You will be met at St. Martha’s church, brought to the Pantry, and shown the list of food to package. We will also answer any questions you may have.

So if you have a desire to serve and help our community, you may contact COS Volunteer Coordinator Carol Ingraham at 985-3166 or email for more information at

Giving Back to Our Community

mailitBill and Anna Gallant, owners of Mail-It Unlimited in Kennebunk, are very appreciative of the support of the community for the 26 years they have been in business as a professional packaging, supplies, shipping and gift store. Eight years ago, they began a food and toy drive to give back to the community. In wanting to show their appreciation to their supporters, this year they are looking to run concurrently another food drive for the Community Outreach Services of the Kennebunks and a toy and food drive to benefit the West Kennebunk Animal Welfare Society; but this time with a much bigger goal!

Last year’s 25th anniversary celebration food drive brought in almost 1700 pounds of food. With the bragging rights as the number 6th ranked independent UPS shipping company in the country, Bill was again able to secure UPS’s Promo “Flame” truck for a week for this year’s food drive in an effort to ramp up excitement and greater visibility. They are hoping to do an even bigger food and toy drive the first week in March (March 1 – 6.) The goal this year for the food drive is 5000 pounds. “We know this is a hard time for food drives. People don’t think about food drives in the “off season,” Bill Gallant said. “But the food banks are pretty well depleted by this time of the year, so it is a really good synergy to have it now.”  Bill and Anna Gallant are very sensitive to the need for food drives and understand there is a growing need even here in the Kennebunks. They are doing their part and are encouraging the folks in the communities of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel to support this food drive also.


If you are interested in dropping off food items at the store (see recommended items below), the hours are M-F 8:30am-6:00pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; and Sunday 10am-4pm. Food and money donations are accepted earlier if you are away that week. As a special thank you for their 26 years of business in the Kennebunks and to celebrate giving back to the community, Bill and Anna are offering a coupon for 26% off your next purchase in the store for any donation of food, toys and/or money to the Community Outreach Services and Animal Welfare Society. Bill and Anna will also be running a friendly competition between the COS and AWS food drives using their dog Allie who will represent the AWS. Bill will be updating the results of the competition on their Facebook page.

We will also keep you posted right here on our website so keep checking for updates or follow-us on Facebook. We appreciate folks like Bill and Anna Gallant who are helping support those in need right here in our own backyard.

Recommended Food Items

  • Mac and Cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Spaghettios
  • Ramen noodles
  • Pancake syrup
  • Jello
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned Hams
  • Beef stew
  • Muffin Mixes
  • Cookie and Cake mixes
  • Tunafish
  • Spaghetti Sauce