Posts Tagged ‘nutrition center’

An Easy Way to Give to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry

Monday, February 1st, 2016

You can donate your returnable to any Rooper’s location to benefit the St. Mary’s Food Pantry! Just drop off your cans and bottles and ask them to credit the St. Mary’s Food Pantry account. Then, Rooper’s will tally it up and periodically send the Pantry a check. Did you know that the Pantry can often buy food for 16 cents per pound, or even as little as 8 cents per pound for fruits and veggie through Good Shepherd Food Bank. We can make a little go a long way – every little bit counts!
Here are the Rooper’s locations in Lewiston/Auburn:

Thank you for your support!

Lots to Gardens Honored with Outstanding Community Dedication Award

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Pictured are Kandie Desell of MAIN (left) presenting the November 2013 Outstanding Community Dedication Award to Annie Doran of Lots to Gardens, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center.

The Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods (MAIN) recently awarded Lots to Gardens with its Outstanding Community Dedication Award. The award ceremony took place at a MAIN meeting, last month at St. Mary’s B-Street Health Center in Lewiston.

MAIN is an all-volunteer coalition of individuals and organizations created in 1980 as a statewide voice for low to moderate income concerns. “With this award we are hoping that by recognizing people in their own communities it will empower them to know they can make changes at the statehouse and in their own neighborhoods to effect positive change,” said Kandie Desell, a MAIN leader. “The fact that Lots to Gardens engages youth is also very important to us,” added Desell.

Lots to Gardens is a youth and community driven program of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center that uses sustainable urban gardening to provide opportunities for people to grow their own food, create access to affordable fresh food, and to involve youth as leaders in building a healthy community. The program helps families develop skills and build influence for lifelong and community-wide change. Since 1999, Lots to Gardens has built more than a dozen gardens and green spaces in four diverse neighborhoods in Lewiston.

Annie Doran, Youth Programs Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the program. “It’s wonderful to be accepting an award from a room full of people who truly understand the power our local youth and community have, and take the time to recognize our work. Lots to Gardens is in its 15th year of programs. There are now thousands of youth and adults who have raised vegetables in garden plots across the city and by doing so, raised their voices to express every person’s right to healthy, affordable food,” said Doran.

For more information about MAIN, see MAIN (Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods) on Facebook, and to learn more about Lots to Gardens, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, see

Good Food, Great Cause! Sign up for Fast & Fresh CSS!

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Become a member of the Fast & Fresh CSS (Community Supported Supper) before November 11, 2013! Real convenient, real good food, great cause! Read more for details!

Area teens are campaigning for increased consumption of healthy food in schools!  Youth working with the Nutrition Center’s Lots to Gardens Program started a Youth Campaign Crew. The goal for the 8 Lewiston area teenagers is to develop and run a year-round campaign to engage their peers, younger children, and school administrators in working toward increasing the consumption of healthy food in their schools. 

How can you help? Become a member of our Fast & Fresh CSS (Community Supported Supper), receive a healthy and delicious meal monthly for 6 months, cooked by youth and staff, and the proceeds will fuel the campaign!   

What is a Community Supported Supper (CSS)?  Our CSS is inspired by the CSA (Community Supported  Agriculture) model. However, instead of buying a “share” of a farm at the beginning of the  season and receiving a portion of the harvest each week, you are supporting this youth programming and your shares come back to you in the form of healthy and delicious dinners! 

How does the Fast & Fresh CSS work? 
Each dinner includes:  A delicious and healthy entrée, your choice of a specialty soup, salad, bread…and maybe more! 
Pick-up is between 5pm & 6pm every 2nd Thursday of the month at The St. Mary’s Nutrition Center: 208 Bates St., Lewiston. 

Sign up & pay before November 11, 2013 and you will receive Fast & Fresh meals every 2nd Thursday of the month for 6 months (November – April)!  Sign up here: or call Annie at 513.3844.

Membership is $150 for 6 months of dinner for 2 (that’s $12.50/meal), or $90 for 6 months of dinner for 1 (that’s $15.00/meal).  

Checks are made payable and sent to: St. Mary’s Nutrition Center (please include a note that it’s for “Fast & Fresh CSS”) PO Box 7291, Lewiston, ME 04243.  

Contact Annie at or 513.3844 for more information.

Once a month— We cook it up. You pick it up. $25 for two or $15 for one. Enjoy a healthy meal, and have some fun!

Hurry, membership is limited!  First come, first served. 

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

Friday, November 9th, 2012



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

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 (207) 513-3848 or visit or at

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

The Seventh Annual Chefs Soirée

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Savor the Essence of Downtown

The Cuisine.  The Culture.  The People.

Celebrate French, Greek and Indian cuisine, local products
and local businesses.
Please come and watch the demonstrations, taste amazing food and
embrace creative, local change of downtown Lisbon Street!

Save the Date!

Friday, September 14, 2012 – 5:30 PM

For more information, please contact Mary Ellingwood at 755-3366, or email

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.

Lewiston/Auburn Community Invited to Vigil

Friday, December 16th, 2011

 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) invites the L-A community to join their annual candlelight vigil to remember homeless people during the holiday season from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 in downtown Lewiston. For ten years, LAASH has held this event 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 pm in the courtyard of the Trinity Jubilee Center (at Trinity Episcopal Church – courtyard entrance is on Spruce Street near the corner with Bates Street). After a few words and lighting of candles, vigil participants will walk several blocks up Bates Street, past the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, to Main Street. The procession will turn right on Main and then right on Sabattus Street and conclude in front of the Calvary United Methodist Church (located in the triangle bordered by Sabattus, College, and Bartlett Streets).

Vigil participants are invited to bring non-perishable and canned food to the event, which will be collected at both Trinity and Calvary. Participants may join the vigil at any point along the route. An indoor space will be available to gather at Calvary to warm up and enjoy hot chocolate and refreshments donated by Hurricane’s Soup & Chowder and The Bread Shack. Staff from New Beginnings will provide van service back to Jubilee or the Park Street garage.

Based on a 2009 community needs assessment, LAASH and the United Way of Androscoggin County estimated that on any given night, 100 people in greater L-A are homeless – that number has likely increased with the continued recession. The route of this year’s vigil highlights a few of the local services for low-income and homeless people downtown:

  • Trinity Jubilee Center (247 Bates Street) provides daily meals and food, a warming center, refugee assistance, and resources to those in need. (207)782-5700
  •  The Nutrition Center (208 Bates Street) includes St. Mary’s food pantry, youth and gardening programs, and cooking and nutrition education programs. (207)513-3848
  • The City Mission group at Calvary Church (59 Sabattus Street) serves a hot supper downstairs from 4:30-5:30 p.m. every Wednesday and breakfast Sunday mornings from 7:30-8:30 a.m. for the community.
  • New Beginnings operates support services and housing for youth, including a drop-in center (245 Lisbon) and 24-hour emergency shelter (491 Main Street). (207)795-4077

Each year since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) 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 of organizations that serve local low-income and homeless people. Along with the United Way of Androscoggin County and other local supporters, LAASH has launched a 10 year plan to end homelessness in Lewiston/Auburn.

For more information, contact Bob Rowe at 207-795-4077 or go to

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

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011