“The Food Pantry at Stephens would not have been possible without the partnership with Good Shepherd Food Bank and their involvement with the Food is Medicine team of MaineHealth. They continue to be a joy to work with, both in supply and logistics and as best practice mentors,” said Stephens Food Pantry Manager Carl Costanzi.
Several pantry visitors have been expressing to food pantry staff how hard it’s been with the rising costs of food. They’ve been very grateful for the ability to “shop” and select the food they want and need. Increasing access to healthy, diet-specific nutritious foods is the primary focus for the implementation of the hospital-based pantry. Spouses of cancer patients have been especially appreciative to find things their partner can eat and parents have been grateful for healthy, kid-friendly fresh foods.
Stephens Food Pantry is open Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Conveniently located in the Ripley Medical Office Building at 193 Main Street, Norway, Maine – on the Stephens Memorial Hospital campus in Norway. Visitors will find the pantry welcoming and confidential, with helpful staff and healthy food options, including fresh local produce. The food pantry is currently only available for patients and staff of Stephens Memorial Hospital and Western Maine Health, for more information please talk to your health care provider.
Good Shepherd Food Bank works in partnership with nearly 600 hunger-relief organizations, located from Kittery to Fort Kent, to help distribute food to community members in need. Our network of partner agencies includes food pantries, meal sites, senior centers, school programs, and healthcare facilities.