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St. Mary’s Nutrition Center Celebrates Nutrition this March

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

St. Mary’s Nutrition Center is celebrating good nutrition this March.  The goal of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, located in downtown Lewiston, is to promote community health through its food pantry, cooking and nutrition education, youth development, and urban gardening programs.  In addition to sharing healthy eating tips and recipes daily on its Facebook page throughout the month, the Nutrition Center is also holding the following activities.

Community Cooking Night will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm, at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates Street, Lewiston.  This is a community get together and meal where participants practice healthy cooking techniques, try new foods, and set healthy eating goals together.  Recipes feature seasonal fruits and vegetables and whole grains and the class is participant driven. Tip sheets, helpful handouts, and recipes are all available for participants to take home at the end of the class. There is a suggested donation of $5 but no one is turned away for lack of funds.  Call 513-3848 or email NutritionCenter@stmarysmaine.com to register. 

 

Registration is now open for April’s Grow a Garden Workshop Series.  This series is for anyone who wants to grow a garden to increase their sources of healthy food. You can attend one or all! If you have the resources, there is a suggested donation of $10 per class to support Nutrition Center programs, or attend all three in the series for $25.  The sessions will be held at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center at 208 Bates St., Lewiston. To register or for more information, call 513-3844 or email Bridgette at NutritionCenter@stmarysmaine.com.


Workshop #1. Starting a GardenTuesday, April 8, 6-7pm
Things to consider when starting a garden, consultation on what type of garden is good for you, choosing a location, how to test your soil, and how to build up and improve your soil.

Workshop #2. Starting your own SeedlingsTuesday, April 15, 6-7pm
What you need and need to know to start your own seedlings for your garden. Choose a veggie to plant and take home at the end of the workshop.

Workshop #3. Making a Garden PlanTuesday, April 22, 6-7pm
Resources and advice on how to make a garden plan with a focus on making the most of small spaces and preventing pests.

 

Electricity Maine is featuring its partnership with St. Mary’s Nutrition Center throughout the month of March.  When people sign up or renew with Electricity Maine in March, they can chose to have a portion of their electricity bill support the Nutrition Center’s programming. Find more information at www.electricityme.com/NutritionCenter, or call (866) 573- 2674.

 

The last Lewiston Winter Farmers’ Market of the season will be held on March 20, 2014, 5-7:30pm, at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston.  People can come by and load up on fresh, healthy produce, local meats and cheeses, and have a healthy dinner at the Farmers’ Market Café while they’re there.  More information about the farmers’ market can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lewistonfarmersmarket.

 

The Food Pantry is engaging in a Healthy Food Drive as part of a coordinated community effort this spring to focus more on healthy foods and especially, healthy snacks and lunch items for kids.  Good choices include peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, whole grain crackers and pasta, raisins and other dried fruits, and non-sugary cereals.  Because the food pantry is open 5 days a week and serves approximately 375 people per week, fresh produce can also be accepted and distributed.  Donations can be dropped off at the St. Mary’s Food Pantry, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston, Monday through Friday from 9 to 11am. 

 

Finally, the Nutrition Center’s Community Cooking Educators will be delivering nutrition education in local elementary school classrooms throughout this month and through the end of the school year.  The “Pick a Better Snack and Act” curriculum promotes fruits and vegetables as an attractive alternative to less healthy snacks.  Through hands-on nutrition and cooking activities, kids are learning that making better choices can be fun, tasty, and healthy. 

St. Mary’s Nutrition Center is celebrating good nutrition this March.  The goal of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, located in downtown Lewiston, is to promote community health through its food pantry, cooking and nutrition education, youth development, and urban gardening programs.  In addition to sharing healthy eating tips and recipes daily on its Facebook page throughout the month, the Nutrition Center is also holding the following activities.

Community Cooking Night will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm, at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates Street, Lewiston.  This is a community get together and meal where participants practice healthy cooking techniques, try new foods, and set healthy eating goals together.  Recipes feature seasonal fruits and vegetables and whole grains and the class is participant driven. Tip sheets, helpful handouts, and recipes are all available for participants to take home at the end of the class. There is a suggested donation of $5 but no one is turned away for lack of funds.  Call 513-3848 or email NutritionCenter@stmarysmaine.com to register. 

 

Registration is now open for April’s Grow a Garden Workshop Series.  This series is for anyone who wants to grow a garden to increase their sources of healthy food. You can attend one or all! If you have the resources, there is a suggested donation of $10 per class to support Nutrition Center programs, or attend all three in the series for $25.  The sessions will be held at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center at 208 Bates St., Lewiston. To register or for more information, call 513-3844 or email Bridgette at NutritionCenter@stmarysmaine.com.
Workshop #1. Starting a Garden – Tuesday, April 8, 6-7pm
Things to consider when starting a garden, consultation on what type of garden is good for you, choosing a location, how to test your soil, and how to build up and improve your soil.

Workshop #2. Starting your own Seedlings – Tuesday, April 15, 6-7pm
What you need and need to know to start your own seedlings for your garden. Choose a veggie to plant and take home at the end of the workshop.

Workshop #3. Making a Garden Plan – Tuesday, April 22, 6-7pm
Resources and advice on how to make a garden plan with a focus on making the most of small spaces and preventing pests.
Electricity Maine is featuring its partnership with St. Mary’s Nutrition Center throughout the month of March.  When people sign up or renew with Electricity Maine in March, they can chose to have a portion of their electricity bill support the Nutrition Center’s programming. Find more information at www.electricityme.com/NutritionCenter, or call (866) 573- 2674.

 

The last Lewiston Winter Farmers’ Market of the season will be held on March 20, 2014, 5-7:30pm, at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston.  People can come by and load up on fresh, healthy produce, local meats and cheeses, and have a healthy dinner at the Farmers’ Market Café while they’re there.  More information about the farmers’ market can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lewistonfarmersmarket.

 

The Food Pantry is engaging in a Healthy Food Drive as part of a coordinated community effort this spring to focus more on healthy foods and especially, healthy snacks and lunch items for kids.  Good choices include peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, whole grain crackers and pasta, raisins and other dried fruits, and non-sugary cereals.  Because the food pantry is open 5 days a week and serves approximately 375 people per week, fresh produce can also be accepted and distributed.  Donations can be dropped off at the St. Mary’s Food Pantry, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston, Monday through Friday from 9 to 11am. 

 

Finally, the Nutrition Center’s Community Cooking Educators will be delivering nutrition education in local elementary school classrooms throughout this month and through the end of the school year.  The “Pick a Better Snack and Act” curriculum promotes fruits and vegetables as an attractive alternative to less healthy snacks.  Through hands-on nutrition and cooking activities, kids are learning that making better choices can be fun, tasty, and healthy. 

Sam’s Italian Restaurants Fight Hunger

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Each fall thirteen Sam’s Italian Restaurants participate in a fund-raising effort in support local food pantries. For a $1 donation, customers can purchase paper cornucopias to help end hunger. The Sam’s location that sells the most cornucopias wins prizes as a thank you from Sam’s and local businesses such as Sparetime Recreation and Flagship Cinema.

This year, the employees at the restaurant’s Brunswick location raised the largest amount benefiting their local food pantry and Sam’s on Minot Avenue in Auburn raised the most for St. Mary’s Health System’s Food Pantry.  A plaque noting their achievement was presented to the store in January as a thank you by Joyce Gagnon the Manager of St. Mary’s Food Pantry. Altogether, Sam’s restaurants in Maine raised $4,000 to end hunger!

In the photo (l to r):  Wendy Chapman/Manager of Sam’s Minot Avenue location, Joyce Gagnon/St. Mary’s Food Pantry, Andy Morin/District Manager.

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Imagine spending the longest night of the year on the streets with no place to call home…

The Lewiston/Auburn Alliance for Services to the Homeless (LAASH) and New Beginnings invite the community to join their annual candlelight vigil to remember homeless people during
the holiday season from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 21, in downtown Lewiston.

For more than 10 years, LAASH and New Beginnings have held the vigil as part of a national movement of cities marking National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on or near the winter solstice, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year.

Please meet at 4:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Trinity Jubilee Center at Trinity Episcopal Church. The courtyard entrance is on Spruce Street near the corner with Bates Street. Vigil
participants are invited to bring nonperishable and canned food which will be collected at Trinity.

After a few words and lighting of candles, vigil participants will walk several blocks down Bates Street to Main Street. The procession will turn right on Main Street and continue up Sabattus Street and stop in front of Calvary United Methodist Church in the triangle between Sabattus, College, and Bartlett streets. Vigil participants are encouraged to bring signs to hold as the vigil remains in front of Calvary to raise awareness of homelessness to passersby during the evening commute.

Participants are invited to join the vigil at any point, and groups from businesses and service providers near the route are especially encouraged to join as the vigil passes.

Refreshments donated by Hurricane’s and the Bread Shack will be available indoors at Calvary. Staff from New Beginnings will provide van service back to Jubilee or the Park Street garage as needed.

The route is near local services for low-income and homeless people in downtown Lewiston:

. New Beginnings operates support services and housing for youth, including a drop-in center, 245 Lisbon, and 24-hour emergency shelter at 491 Main St., 795-4077.
. Trinity Jubilee Center, 247 Bates St., provides daily meals and food, a warming center, refugee assistance, and resources to those in need, 782-5700.
. The Nutrition Center, 208 Bates St., includes St. Mary’s Food Pantry, youth and gardening programs, and cooking and nutrition education programs, 513-3848.
. The Center for Wisdom’s Women, 97 Blake St., includes a women’s day drop-in center with activities, workshops, and support groups, 513-3922.
. The City Mission group at Calvary Church, 59 Sabattus St., serves hot supper downstairs 4:30-5:30 pm Wednesdays and breakfast 7:30-8:30 am Sundays, 782-3221.

Each year since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless has co-sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness. In an effort
to maximize the impact of the day, organizers have encouraged statewide and local groups such as LAASH to hold events of their own. Last year, more than 152 cities across the nation
sponsored events to recommit to the task of ending homelessness.

LAASH is a collaborative made up of organizations that serve local low-income and homeless
people. LAASH, along with the United Way of Androscoggin County and other local supporters,
has launched a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Lewiston-Auburn. For more than 30
years, New Beginnings has kept youth off the streets through their shelter, housing, and
outreach programs.

Brann & Isaacson Attorneys and Counselors at Law Donate to St. Mary’s Food Pantry

Friday, November 9th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11.08.12

Diane McIntire (left) and Diane Greene (center) from Brann & Isaacson Attorneys and Counselors at Law recently made a donation to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Lewiston. Pantry Manager Joyce Gagnon (right) accepted a check for $179.00 and 107 pounds of food (valued at $214.00) on behalf of the Pantry. Gagnon reports the shelves have been particularly bare this year as the needed for emergency food assistance has increased and this donation is greatly appreciated.

Sixth Annual Alive in Lewiston

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Friday, October 26
6:30 to 9:00 pm

A delicious home-style meal featuring local farm ingredients, live Americana music from some of Maine’s best musicians, and a space covered with wall to wall community inspired art? What’s NOT to love about this year’s sixth annual Alive in Lewiston!  A celebration of local food, music and art, Alive in Lewiston has been bringing friends, family and neighbors together each year to enjoy an artful and relaxing evening out while helping to support the community gardening, food access and cooking and nutrition projects of Lots to Gardens and the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center. This years Alive in Lewiston will also coincide with Food Day, a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Hosted at this historic Wallace School Building (home of the Nutrition Center) at 208 Bates Street in downtown Lewiston on Friday, October 26, Alive in Lewiston begins at 6:30 pm and runs to 9:00 pm.  For those eager early birds, tickets are an affordable $15 through the week before the event and $20 at the door.  Kids under 12 are $5 in advance or the night of the event.  For more information or to RSVP please contact 207 513 3844 nutritioncenterme@gmail.com.

You Got the Beet! Walk, Run, Cycle

Friday, September 14th, 2012

You Got the Beet! Walk, Run, Cycle - September 16 through October 7 - Sponsored by St. Mary's Health System, Healthy Androscoggin, and the Lewiston-Auburn Bicycle Pedestrian Committee

 Like to walk, run, or bicycle? Then join others in the L-A community September 16 through October 7 for

“You Got the Beet! Walk, Run, Cycle.” Sponsored by St. Mary’s Health System, Healthy Androscoggin, and the Lewiston- Auburn Bicycle Pedestrian Committee, “You Got the Beet” is a non-competitive, participant driven, and family-friendly walk, run, or bicycle ride each week at the Lewiston Farmers’ Market. Perhaps you are someone who participated in Healthy Androscoggin’s’ “Get Fit and Win” and are looking for a way to continue to your healthy routine. Perhaps you are planning to participate in the upcoming Dempsey Challenge and are looking to get it in some extra practice. Whatever your reason, “You Got the Beet!” is a great way to get some exercise.

“You Got the Beet!” 

will begin and end at the Lewiston Farmers’ Market located at the municipal parking lot on the corner of Lincoln and Main Streets (Bates Mill 5 complex). Participants are encouraged to meet at the market and be ready to go by 10 am. Start times, however, can be individualized and tailored to the needs of each person. The most important part is to complete the route! Those who do, and return to the market when they are finished, will be entered into a raffle to win $125 credit with the market! Each week a participant completes the route, they earn additional raffle entries increasing their chances of winning!

For more information on “You Got the Beet! Walk, Run, Cycle” please contact us at lewistonfarmersmarket@gmail.com (207) 513-3848 or visit lewistonfarmersmarket.blogspot.com or at www.facebook.com/lewistonfarmersmarket

To see the suggested routes for the walk/run and ride please visit the following sites respectively

http://goo.gl/maps/JNsiF

http://goo.gl/maps/zI333.

Childhood Hunger…Why We Give!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Summer should be a time of fun in the sun for children; but it’s not for many! School has ended and the access to at least one full meal, sometimes two a day, is gone. Summer is a time when working parents, especially single parents, have to manage increased child care needs/expenses and an increased call for a full refrigerator. However, for many people who are having a hard time making ends meet during the school year, in the summer it becomes impossible to achieve. At St. Mary’s Food Pantry we see moms walk in with all of their children at this time of year. Grandparents begin to appear looking for food for their grandchildren. St. Mary’s, with the support of church groups, businesses/corporations and many community volunteers, tries to keep the pantry shelves full but the challenge is becoming harder and harder to meet. In the last year the increased cost of food coupled with a still somewhat stagnant economy has resulted in less food distributed to an ever growing group of people in need. Each year the dollars the pantry receives from the Annual Hearts United Employee Campaign gives the pantry the boost it needs to help make it through another year. Thank you to all. We couldn’t do it without you!

Joyce Gagnon

St. Mary’s Food Pantry Manager

Our employees give generously to this program through our annual St. Mary’s Hearts United Campaign, but the need is still great. To make a contribution, click here.  Thank you!

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: “What’s for Dinner? Hungry Kids in America”

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

At least 1 in 7 American families lack consistent access to food.  Click here to see some faces and stories of hunger in our own country and in our own neighborhood.  Meet Cameron from Lewiston, a member of Lots to Gardens, a program located at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine.

BIW Donates to St. Mary’s Food Pantry

Friday, November 18th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
11/17/11

Shelby Rossignol and her dad Paul Rossignol delivered 242 pounds of food and $1,758 to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry on behalf of Bath Iron Works where they are employed. Every year BIW employees do a food drive before Thanksgiving to benefit the Pantry. The donation was deeply appreciated. Joyce Gagnon, the Pantry manager, says this is the most challenging year the pantry has ever had trying to fill the shelves.

Winter Farmers Market at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Lewiston is Back!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011