Artist raises funds for COS

Local Kennebunk artist John Forssen has arranged with COS and the Kennebunk library to exhibit his work in the Speers Gallery through the month of January. There are over 20 paintings available for purchase with half the proceeds going to COS.

Kennebunk Library hours:

  • Monday & Tuesday 9:30 am – 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday & Friday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

His early work focused primarily on pencil drawings for which he received several awards in local exhibits. In recent years he transitioned to oil painting. John is a member of both the Art Guild of the Kennebunks and Maine Women in the Arts.

Most paintings focus on the details of landscapes and the occasional – but the work is drawn, for the most part, through memories of images past. So, as he says, “a tree is a tree, or perhaps it’s a convergence of trees, bits and pieces” that have remained with him along the way.

Half the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to Community Outreach Services of the Kennebunks which supports local families in need. Anyone interested in purchasing custom picture frames may contact Mr. Forssen at 207-502-3726 or

2021 Holiday Food Baskets

The Holiday Food Basket Program provides Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to families in Arundel, Kennebunk, and Kennebunkport.

The program is supported by community donations, which are organized, sorted and compiled by volunteers and then delivered to the homes of those in need or available to pick up at the food pantry, which opened earlier this year in Kennebunk.

The program is made possible through a partnership between the town’s General Assistance offices and Church Community Outreach Services (COS). Food donations can be brought to the COS Food Pantry, 19 Park Street, Kennebunk – monetary donations should be made out to:

Holiday Food Basket Program c/o CCOS and mailed to:
Church Community Outreach Services, Inc.,
PO Box 1175, Kennebunk, ME 04043
* The program is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Items needed for the food baskets include potatoes, onions, boxed stuffing, gravy, canned green beans/peas/corn/fruit, evaporated milk, Jell-O, pudding, pie crust mix, and other non-perishables.

The program has been around since the 1960s, started by individual churches in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport and growing with the help of town assistance and health offices as monetary and food donations came in from the broader community.

The baskets will be delivered to those in need on Monday, Nov. 22 in advance of Thanksgiving and Wednesday, Dec. 22 in advance of Christmas.

Anyone interested in helping pack the food baskets can contact Reggie Sargent at 207-281-3111. Items will be packed and delivered from Sea Road Church this year. Should you wish to help with the delivering of the food baskets, please contact Donna Patterson at 207-651-1997.

Questions or want to learn more about receiving a food basket – please contact your town General Assistance office or complete this online form.

Community Open House

COS is so very thankful for all those who have been a part of helping us help our neighbors in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. We recognize that there is a common thread that weaves us all together; it is the thread of human compassion for our neighbors in need. Your specific and unique piece to this thread has enabled COS to come alongside those with food, fuel, and specific needs for over 30 years.

We were recently blessed, securing the use of our new facility at 19 Park Street in Kennebunk. We would love to have you join us for an Open House: Thursday, July 8th from 5 pm to 7 pm with special recognition to our supporters and partners at 6 pm. 

Please RSVP using the button below. We hope you will join us for a tour of our new Food Pantry and a brief presentation at 6 pm while enjoying refreshments.


Help Us Fill a 2020 Holiday Basket

2020 has been a long and crazy year and unfortunately it appears that this holiday season will be anything but normal. As we approach the 2020 holidays, we are excited to extend an invitation to those who find themselves in a position to help our neighbors who are in a stressful financial situation this holiday.  The Holiday Food Basket program has been a long-standing successful community cooperative effort and with your help we are excited to make this year a continuation of that success.

Below you will find a list of specific food items that would be helpful over the next several weeks for both Thanksgiving and Christmas deliveries. At the bottom of the page, you will also note where and when you can drop items off. In a time when divisiveness and vitriol are constantly displayed nationwide, we thank you in advance for your willingness to consider helping make this season a time to be truly thankful for a community that cares for each other, in spite of the differences we may have.

Holiday Food Basket Donation Request Information

  • Ham or Turkey (must be frozen, cooked preferred) – Under 10 pounds
  • Hot Dogs, Sausages, Bacon – Any size/amount
  • Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Carrots – Any size/amount
  • Cooked Chicken or Turkey – 12 to 16 oz
  • Cooked Beef, Corned Beef, or Ham – 12 to 16 oz
  • Soup: Chicken Noodle/Rice, Tomato – 10 to 10 oz
  • Chowders: Clam, Corn, or Potato – 14 to 20 oz
  • Stews: Beef or Chicken, Chili – 15 to 24 oz
  • Spaghetti, with Meatballs, Ravioli – 15 to 24 oz
  • Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, or Oranges -15 to 24 oz
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing – 12 to 24 oz
  • Cakes (any kind), Brownies, Cookies, Biscuits – 16 to 24 oz
  • Juice: Apple, Orange, Grape, Cranberry, etc. – 32 to 64 oz
  • Laundry Detergent – 40 to 80 oz
  • Cleaners and Disinfectants – 16 to 32 oz
  • Dish Soap – 16 to 32 oz
  • Masks – reusable or disposable – Any size/amount
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste – Any size/amount
  • Dog and Cat Food (dry) – 3 to 5 pound bags
  • Cat Litter – Any size

Drop Information

Food, cash and check donations can be delivered to our new facility located at 19 Park Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 during our operating hours below.

Mon 12-3pm; Tues 3-6pm; Thur 3-6pm; Fri 9am-1pm

To donate online click the “donate now” button below. If you are interested in sending a check, please make checks payable to the address below:

Community Outreach Services
P.O. Box 1175
Kennebunk, ME 04043

Note: We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Code, and as such, all cash donations are fully tax deductible.

COS Is Moving!

With the impending need to move from Vinegar Hill, our team has been working tirelessly to confirm a plan for a new location. It has been a logistical and scheduling challenge the last few weeks to say the least, but our move to our new home is finally happening the week after Labor Day.

With the support of the three towns of Arundel, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport and their encouragement to see us get our own space, COS is pleased to announce our new location at what used to be the old Teen Center on 19 Park Street. With much work and visionary drive from Karen Winton and Chris Osterrieder and support from the Kennebunk Town Manager and Select Board, our dream to have our own home has finally come true. With an incredible construction leadership role from Dave Boyd, the building has been transformed to make our new headquarters a beautiful place to serve the needs of our neighbors in the community.

COS is humbled to have such a strong partnership with the three General Assistance Officers of all three towns and we look forward to being able to serve more now that we have our own home. COS is grateful to have been a part of this community for the last 30 years and we look forward to continuing to meet the food, fuel and specific needs challenges of our neighbors. This is a pic of the space with work in progress on some renovations. We will be sharing more detailed information very soon so that our neighbors and volunteers will know what to expect in the coming days.