Our work on food security involves hot meals and a food pantry, supporting involvement in food education and skill-building programs, and working with local institutions through our Food Rescue Program.
Meals are served six days a week and we strive to provide a balanced, filling meal of vegetables, meats, starches and dairy, as well as drinks and dessert. These meals are often the only hot meal our patrons eat each day and many return for seconds. Anyone is welcome to eat at Trinity and hundreds of people, including parents and children, the elderly, disabled, veterans, and people struggling with mental illness and addiction, eat at Trinity each year. Hundreds of pounds of food are prepared each week as each meal serves 80-100 plates.
The food pantry is open weekly and each week 300-350 families receive food and diapers. The majority of the food available is fresh produce, as well as canned vegetables, tuna, and peanut butter. The food comes from the USDA and from our partnership with the Good Shepherd Food Bank, which allows us to purchase discounted nonperishable foods and free fresh foods at their Auburn warehouse. We also benefit from food drives held by local congregations and schools, including Temple Shalom and the First Universalist Church.
We support several of our clients in their involvement in local farming, gardening, and cooking programs. We assist participants in the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program with filling out paperwork required to secure farmland and vendors, and refer youth and parents to the gardening and youth crew programs run by Lots to Gardens.
Our Food Rescue Program brings together local food providers interested in donating leftover food to those in need. This food would otherwise be thrown away and instead goes to feed hungry families. The cafeterias of Bates College, Central Maine Medical Center, and St. Mary's D'Youville Pavilion donate excess food from their daily meals and provide the majority of food served in our soup kitchen. The Lewiston Hannaford Supermarket donates bakery, meat, and deli items that we serve each day with morning coffee or with lunch. Any food scraps from Trinity are collected and donated to local pig farmers, ensuring that the food does not go to waste.
Trinity Jubilee Center 247 Bates Street, Lewiston, ME 04240. (207) 782-5700 firstname.lastname@example.org