Volunteering one’s time and energy is a very important part of being an active and informed citizen in a community.  The Alternative Education Program devotes a weekly portion of our time to lending a helping hand in the surrounding community.  We are learning to give back and share in some of the more intimate details of the area that we call home.

Over the course of this school year, Alternative Education has developed a strong relationship with the Ecumenical Food Pantry, located at the Second Congregational Church in Newcastle.  We help unload weekly food deliveries, organize and prepare Thanksgiving Baskets and recently we helped to move and sort over 3,000 pounds of food collected and donated by Great Salt Bay Community School.

SAMSUNG Jacob Firth and Ben Bailey organizing over 3,000 pounds of donated food at the Ecumenical Food Pantry.

SAMSUNG  Kirsten Poland sorting and organizing food.

SAMSUNG  This is just a small portion of the food that was packed and organized into useful categories –  ready to be handed out next week!

SAMSUNG  Jacob, Ben, and Kirsten standing with organizer MaryAnn Look after about two hours of work sorting and moving 3,000 pounds of donated food.

The Ecumenical Food Pantry serves the communities of Damariscotta, Newcastle and Nobleboro and is located at the Second Congregational Church in Newcastle.  The pantry is open every Tuesday from 9am to 11am.  For more information visit: www.newcastlefoodpantry.org