Wednesday, July 1, 2009

our one month anniversary!

Everybody Eats! held its fourth weekly free community meal at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church on Monday, June 29th. The group, which is made up entirely of volunteers, prepares and serves a homemade, healthful meal free of charge each Monday from 3 to 7 pm. All members of the community are welcome to come and dine and socialize, or pick up a meal to enjoy at home. They also encourage folks to pick up a meal to take to a friend or neighbor who might not be able to attend.

Everybody Eats! came together when a group of individuals decided to address the growing problem of hunger and food insecurity in the Ellsworth and surrounding area. Providing one meal each week, as a start, the group hopes to expand to several days a week.

Working alongside local food pantries and others, the group meets regularly to plan the continuance of weekly meals and to discuss future plans for outreach and help.

The meals are made possible by donations of food, services and money by local businesses and individuals in Ellsworth and the surrounding area. This month's sponsors include Maine Shellfish, Loaves & Fishes, Finelli Pizza, Downeast Health Services, the Emmaus Center, King Hill Farm, and Benbow’s Coffee. Start-up funds were generously provided by St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church and the Ellsworth Lioness Club.

Special thanks to St. Dunstan's Church for making available their kitchen and Parish hall. Also, many thanks are due to the volunteers who prepare, serve and clean up after the meals, as well as those who collect donations and publicize the meals throughout the community.

For more information about the meals, to make a donation, or to volunteer, please email