Food pantry asks Mainers to skip a meal for charity

The Good Shepherd Food Bank is inviting Mainers to participate in Hunger Action Month in September by skipping a meal and donating the money they would have spent on that meal to a local food pantry.

To participate, go to the Good Shepherd website – – and take a pledge to skip a meal on Sept. 28. The idea is to help people feel what it’s like to go without food, even for a short period of time.

Hunger affects almost 200,000 Mainers, with 15 percent of families and 25 percent of children in the state classified as “food insecure.”


Food co-op showing off new home at open house

The Portland Food Co-op will hold an open house Thursday night to show off its new home.

The new location is at 56 Hampshire St., off Congress Street and one block east of Franklin Street.

The open house will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.


Pie bake-off tops agenda at annual Extension session

Attention bake-off fans: There will be a pie contest during the annual meeting of the Cumberland County Extension Association on Sept. 21.

The pies entered in the bake-off will become desserts, and the recipes will go into the University of Maine Extension cookbook. Entries must be registered by Sept. 13.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, and is open to the public. The theme of the meeting will be “Farming into the Future.” Herb Adams, former state legislator and an instructor at Southern Maine Community College, will speak on the history of farming.

Bob Lothrop, owner of Chasin’ the Ring BBQ, will talk about his experience attending the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s “Recipe to Market” series and how it helped him start his food-related business.

For more information, call 781-6099 or email [email protected]