Mildred L. Day School Food Drive

COS wants to thank the students of Mildred L. Day School for such a successful Food Drive. We were taken back by the organization and presentation, the spirit of the students and the whole event. You are to be commended for a job well done!

We are pleased to report that the poundage of food this year exceeded last year’s amount. The school students raised 1,644 pounds of food! On behalf of COS, we thank you and every teacher and student that made this Food Drive for COS such a huge success! This food will be very much appreciated and needed by the neighbors we serve.

KHS Peer Helpers Donation to Community

During the last week of September, Kennebunk High School held a food drive to benefit Community Outreach Services. Spearheaded by Peter Lazos and the Peer Helpers group, they collected 214 pounds of food and $2,172.58. They are an outstanding example of how young people can successfully get involved in the community and make a difference. We applaud them for their organizing skills, communication skills, and effort. We have such great young people in this community and we wish them the best during this school year. If you know one of these kids, tell them how thankful you are for their contribution. Keep up the great work students, you give us great hope for the next generation!

Hannaford Cause Bag Program

Anytime a shopper purchases our Hannaford Helps reusable bag,
a local Cause receives $1!

Anytime a shopper purchases our Fight Hunger reusable bag,
a local Hunger Relief Agency receives $.25!

Each month, a new nonprofit is chosen for each bag at every Hannaford location! 
AND, for every Cause bag reused just 1X, EIGHT single use bags are NOT used! 

Check out https://newhannaford.bags4mycause.com/ to see the amazing impact the sale of both the Hannaford Helps bags and the Fight Hunger bags are having on our communities and the environment!

Interested in submitting a nonprofit?
Find out more here.

Webhannet Charity Classic Invitation

We are so grateful to the Webhannet Charity Foundation for holding the Classic Golf Tournament again this year and having Community Outreach Services Food For Thought Backpack Program to be one of the charities. We appreciate the work that you are contributing to our community. The tournament was held September 17th, at the Webhannet Golf Club, in Kennebunk.

We will post the amount of the donation when all donations and receipts have been tallied.

Summer’s End to Community Garden

IMG_1639It’s always a sad time when we say goodbye to summer. This summer has been a huge harvest for the Kennebunk Community Garden. While there are still a few produce items like carrots left to come in, overall, the yield has brought in over 5,000 pounds of fresh produce right from their garden plots in West Kennebunk to the COS Produce Pantry held every Friday at St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk. The largest amount of garden produce brought in one Friday so far has been 718 lbs! We are grateful to Mary Liz and Michelle, co-chairs for Maine Harvest for Hunger Committee and contact point persons for the KCG. Mary Liz is also a COS Board member and was a major player for bringing the partnership between Kennebunk Community Garden and COS. 

The many neighbors that come every Friday are so thankful and appreciative for especially the fresh produce they get to take home that normally they could not afford at the supermarket. With the 2o or so volunteers that set up the Produce Pantry each Friday, we are so thankful for how COS is able to extend a helping hand to our neighbors with food insecurities.

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This summer has been a boon crop and we thank all the gardeners like Gus who tend to the gardens so that we can have such bounty to give away to our neighbors at our Produce Pantry. Thank you so much Kennebunk Community Garden! This Winter, we are going to miss our friends from the Garden. But we are getting one-day closer each day to summer when we’ll see our friends again.