April 22, 2021


All Things Delicious

‘Cooking for Community’ expands to Camden, Rockland, midcoast

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4 places to eat in Rockland and Camden are turning out hundreds of foods for persons dealing with food items insecurity

ROCKLAND, Maine — It begun for the duration of the pandemic as a way to help places to eat survive and feed Mainers experiencing food stuff insecurity. Now, approximately a 12 months later on, the nonprofit ‘Cooking for Neighborhood‘ has shipped much more than 100,000 foods and just lately expanded into midcoast Maine, many thanks to a new partnership.

Right before the pandemic, “supper evening” was the heart and soul of the Landing Position, a youth plan for at-possibility children and teens. 

“We might set the tables up and we would have 40 to 50 youth acquiring supper altogether,” Joseph Hufnagel, director of The Landing Put, mentioned.

With the setting up closed, prepared-to-try to eat foods are now remaining delivered to their families through Knox County. They are just some of the dozens of nutritious foods organized weekly by Chef Kerry Altiero and his team, Amanda Duckworth and Barbara Shay, at Cafe Miranda in Rockland. 

The eatery has been serving up consolation foods with a aspect of appreciate for virtually 30 several years.  As component of Cooking for Neighborhood, Cafe Miranda and three other midcoast places to eat are turning out 300 wholesome meals each and every 7 days. 

The foods are being provided to six company organizations, like two foods pantries. In transform, battling dining establishments get some considerably-necessary dollars move. 

“A good deal of my colleagues, their desires are dying, they are not heading to make it. I come to feel fortunate to have this prospect,” Altiero, who owns Cafe Miranda, claimed.

The nonprofit commenced in the early times of the pandemic. It has grown to extra than a dozen collaborating restaurants in four areas of the state. Hannaford Supermarkets donated nearly $70,000 to help grow the application to midcoast Maine.

Ellie Linen Lower, a founding member of Cooking for Community, stated the nonprofit can scale again as the summer months tourist season is anticipated to bring a large improve to the restaurant market.

“Possibly slow down and increase funds to assistance dining places in the drop and wintertime, we continue to don’t known what the pandemic is heading to do,” she mentioned.


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