Relocated food pantry opens in Waldoboro

By Beth A. Birmingham | Oct 19, 2016
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Cutting the ribbon at the new home of the Waldoboro Food Pantry Oct. 18 are, from left: the Rev. Nancy Dunkin, Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs, Tina Cunningham, Jane Lichtman, Lou Cook, Mary Littell, Gloria Bowers, Wanda Collamore, and Town Assessor Darryl McKenney.

Waldoboro — A new home has been found for the Waldoboro Food Pantry, which has been serving people in need for more than 35 years.

On Oct. 18, co-director Lou Cook and his staff cut the ribbon on their new location at 251 Jefferson St.

Cook said organizations such as Good Shepherd Pantry in Auburn, Spear Farm in Waldoboro, Hatchet Cove Farm in Warren, and Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset have donated plenty of fruits and vegetables to the pantry.

Hannaford supplies the pantry with meats, along with occasional donations from local farmers. Atlantic Baking Co. in Rockland and Borealis Breads in Waldoboro donate bakery goods, as well.

Cook said The Common Market in Union donates turkeys for the holidays, and noted the pantry also receives donations from the community.

The nonprofit organization serves 100 households throughout the Waldoboro, Bremen, North Nobleboro area, and is open the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 1 to 6 p.m. Patrons are asked to use the parking lot between Meenahga Grange and Beaudoin Dental Office at the rear entrance.

Founded by the Rev. Michael Murphy, the pantry is sponsored by the Lions Club.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Inside the new Waldoboro Food Pantry, Tina Cunningham, left, and Mary Littell get ready to receive their first guests Oct. 18. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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