Food Services at York County Shelter Programs
York County Shelter Programs Food Services are a vital part of our organization. Our Food Services department prepares meals for our residents, manages the York County Shelter Programs Food Pantry, operates Shaker Hill Bakery, prepares meals for retreat guests at the Notre Dame Spiritual Center, and takes catering jobs for outside clients. We also serve and prepare meals for the popular public Mama Mia dinners, held Friday nights during the summer. Our Food Services program provides another important element at YCSP – we offer vocational training to residents.
Meals for Residents
Our staff prepares 228 meals a day at Henry Hall, which is also the dining hall for shelter residents on Shaker Hill. With the help of volunteers, we serve three meals at Henry Hall and also deliver meals to Layman Way, a residential treatment program, and Emery House, a residential mental health facility in Sanford. We also prepare food for guests staying at the Notre Dame Spiritual Center, also on our campus.
Food Services Director Scott Davis creates menus that feature healthy and delicious dishes.
The Food Pantry is at 5 Swetts Bridge Road in Alfred. We serve thousands of people every year. We are grateful for the food donations given to us by local retail grocery stores, Walmart, and Good Shepherd food bank. We have a dedicated volunteer force that helps collect and distribute the food.
Creating a welcoming space is important to the staff and volunteers at the York County Shelter Programs Food Pantry in Alfred. We want to be sure this special place is a comfortable and warm oasis for our customers who turn to us when they need help putting food on the table. The way our Pantry works is that customers visit our shopping area, which resembles a grocery store, to select the foods they like. Thanks to our donors, the Pantry offers fresh produce, meat, poultry and dairy items, baked goods, and lots of canned and dry goods. We also have a variety of frozen meats. We even have prepared meals that simply need to be heated.
We provide shopping carts, plus we also have volunteers on hand to help anyone who needs assistance with their shopping. It is always our goal to make people feel at home here. Mike Ouellette, the Food Pantry Coordinator, says that interacting with people, putting them at ease – identifying with people – is something he looks forward to every time the pantry doors open. “They are our friends and neighbors. We are in this together,” Mike says. The pantry feeds about 3000 people a month.
Anyone who needs food is welcome to come to the Pantry. You will be greeted by a volunteer who will have a few simple questions, but there are no restrictions. We are open Tuesdays and Fridays, noon to 3 PM; we also can make arrangements with people who may not be able to shop during those times. Call us at 324-1137, ext. 103, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through our Facebook page.
The Shaker Hill Bakery
The Shaker Hill Bakery is open seasonally, from August through November, Friday-Sunday, 10 AM to 3 PM. The bakery was once operated by our neighbors, the Brothers of Christian Instruction, from 1931 to 1986.
We bake a variety of breads, pies and pastries. We also take special orders. The proceeds from the sale of bakery products help support our programs; it also serves as a job skills training program for residents. We are staffed entirely by volunteers.
FMI, or to place orders or inquire about volunteering, call Scott Davis at 324-1137, ext. 116, or email@example.com. The bakery is at 7 George Road, on Shaker Hill. 207.324.8811.
Our catering business produces revenue for our programs and also serves as a job training site. We cater for our neighbors, the Brothers of Christian Instruction, and for a variety of local clients. We handle events of all types and sizes, whether a wedding, reunion, party, or a simple backyard BBQ. We have a variety of menus available, but will also customize menus. FMI, email firstname.lastname@example.org