Cressey Road United Methodist Church
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Making Disciples for Jesus Christ

Community Food Ministries

The Cressey Road United Methodist Church supports a number of programs within our local and surrounding communities which help with food insecurity.

The Gorham Ecumenical Food Pantry

As one of the founding members of the Gorham Ecumenical Council, the Cressy Road UMC plays an important role in supporting its Food Pantry, currently located next to St. Anne's Catholic Church. In addition, many other churches, organizations, and schools help to fill the pantry's shelves. Food contributions can be dropped off to the church at any time in the shopping cart located down the Christian Education hallway near the restrooms. Several times a year (typically the months of March, July, and November) we staff the Food Pantry with CRUMC volunteers. The Pantry is currently open Thursday from 9-11AM, every second Wednesday from 6-7PM, and every third Monday from 6-7PM.
Contact: Deb Tanguay at

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Preble Street Resource Center Soup Kitchen

A ministry team from Cressey Road UMC helps prepare, serve, and clean up dinner (from 3:30-6:30PM) for approximately 250-400 people at Preble Street's downtown Portland location on the first Monday of each month. We also staff some mornings. Volunteers must be 15 years old or older. (13 and 14 year olds may help as long as they are accompanied by an adult.)
For more information contact Lynn Johnston ( for the evening shifts and Doug Scott ( for the mornings.

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Thanksgiving Baskets

Each year. members of the Cressey Road UMC congregation purchase canned goods, potatoes, dessert mixes, and other grocery items common to a family Thanksgiving dinner and gather them in the church's narthex for the Annual Gorham Ecumenical Food Pantry's Thanksgiving Basket program. Those who are in need come to the church on the Monday before Thanksgiving to choose the items they need for their own family dinner.
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St. Andrews Potato Project

Many years ago, our pastor at the time, Rev. Hamilton, started a tradition at the church to collect donations for the St. Andrew's Potato Project . Each year, the Society of St. Andrew salvages over a million pounds of fresh, nutritious produce from American farms (produce that would otherwise sit by and rot) and delivers it to agencies across the nation that serve the poor at no cost to them. Their motto is "Gleaning America's Fields - Feeding America's Hungry ". Members of our church family are invited to make a donation in lieu of Christmas Cards and postage, and their names will be printed in the Christmas Sunday and Christmas Eve bulletins, creating a "Christmas Card" for our church and those who are in need.
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