Waldo County green thumbs urged to donate excess crops

Posted Aug. 15, 2010, at 8:11 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — For the third year in a row, Waldo County gardeners are being encouraged to donate surplus crops to the hungry, according to Master Gardener Nan Cobbey of Belfast.

“There are so many people here who need it,” said Cobbey, who is organizing the endeavor as her Master Gardener project for Waldo County. “There are hundreds of gardeners now in the county, and we all end up with extra.”

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has provided a monthly guide to food pantries and soup kitchens with the days that the organizations can best accept deliveries of produce.

The first week of any month, the Searsport Congregational-Methodist Church at 43 East Main St. will accept deliveries at 9 a.m. Saturday, or on Thursday or Friday if arranged in advance. Contact: Joyce Harvey 548-6204

The second week, the Little River Baptist Church at 259 Northport Ave in Belfast will accept deliveries from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Contact: Herman Miller at 589-4557.

The third week, the Northport Food Pantry at 491 Atlantic Highway will accept deliveries from 7 to 8 a.m. or by arrangement. Contact Cleo Alley at 338-2868. The Happy Time Food Pantry at 171 Knox Ridge in South Knox will accept produce before 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Contact Bart Ghent at 382-6181. The Jackson Church Food Pantry at 538 Village Road will accept deliveries at 9 a.m. Thursday. Contact Cindy Ludden at 722-3205 or Donna Nickerson at 722-3373. The Volunteer Regional Food Pantry at the new firehouse on School Street in Unity will accept deliveries on Friday, but requests prior notice. Contact Richard Moore at 948-6232.

The fourth week of the month, the AMVETS Memorial Post 150 on Main Street in Liberty will accept produce deliveries on Saturday by arrangement. Contact Darleen Van Duysen at 589-4218.

Every week, the Belfast Soup Kitchen at 9 Field St. in Belfast will accept deliveries 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Neighbors Cupboard Inc. at Calvary Apostolic Church on Route 1A in Winterport will accept deliveries 8-9 a.m. Wednesday. Contact Phyllis Allen at 223-9951.

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