We are excited to announce that the Belfast Soup Kitchen as been selected as one of the organizations on this years Community Matters More ballot sponsored by Bangor Savings! We need YOUR help to vote for the BSK. You can vote online here. Voting ends February 28. You can vote one time for five different organizations. You will find the Belfast Soup Kitchen under the Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Waldo category. The top two organizations from each geographical category will receive $5,000! As always, we appreciate your dedication and support towards the BSK! Happy voting 🙂
We are excited to announce the schematics of our new building! Take a look at the design here. Once again, we want to thank all our donors and supporters who have helped us along the way to make this design and dream possible.
The BSK would like to extend our thanks to United Realty! Read about the story and generous donation here.
The Belfast Soup Kitchen staff, Board of Directors, volunteers and guests thank United Midcoast Charities for the generous support of the BSK mission. UMC’s mission, to help support nonprofit organizations, has a major impact on the most vulnerable in Knox and Waldo County — Midcoast Maine.
The Soup Kitchen is moving to it’s new location at Reny’s Plaza in Belfast on Thursday, July 26th. The Soup Kitchen will be closed on Friday, July 27th. It will reopen on Monday, July 30th at it’s new location. Our phone number will remain the same. The contact for more information is Holly Brown, Operations Manager.
On Tuesday, June 5 a member of the BSK Board of Directors presented to the Belfast City Council on the status of a new home. Please review the press release below. As always, we want to thank our continued donors and supporters because this wouldn’t be possible without you!
We have some very exciting news!
Beginning the 1st of January through the end of February every Hannaford Fight Hunger Bag sold at the Hannaford store on 93 Lincolnville Avenue, Belfast ME will now generate a $1 donation to support Belfast Soup Kitchen!
The Belfast Co-op devotes the month of October to the Belfast Soup Kitchen for their “Common Cents” program. Customers are asked to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar to help the BSK. Last November customers donated $4,500 to the BSK. We will have a table set up a for a few days to answer customer questions and hope to see everyone there. As always, the soup kitchen couldn’t function without all the love and support of the Belfast community! Click here for more information on the program.
We want to thank all the runners who came out for our first 5k event on September 9! The results are posted below. We hope to see everyone again next year!
The Soup Kitchen is excited to announce our first annual 5K event!
The run will take place on September 9 at 8 a.m.
Parking is available at the soup kitchen.
For more information and to register online visit http://www.active.com/belfast-me/running/distance-running-races/belfast-soup-kitchen-5k-event-2017
Runners or walkers are welcome and we hope to see a large turnout for our first 5K event to support the Belfast Soup Kitchen!
We have some very exciting news!
The Hannaford Supermarket located in Belfast has chosen the Belfast Soup Kitchen as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program!
This means for the entire month of August, every time the blue reusable bag with the good karma message is purchased at the Belfast Hannaford we receive $1!
This is truly a great opportunity for us, and an easy way for you to show your support for the Belfast Soup Kitchen!
Please go to the store, find the reusable bag rack and buy a few bags!
And remember to spread the word – the more bags purchased, the bigger donation to end hunger.
For more information about the Hannaford Cause Bag Program, visit www.hannaford.bags4mycause.com.
Please join us on Tuesday, July 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Flatbread Company in Rockland, Maine to support the United Midcoast Charities fundraiser. For many years the UMCC Grants have contributed to the ongoing support of the Belfast Soup Kitchen. Their fundraiser tomorrow night,Tuesday, the 18th, between 5p.m. and 9p.m., gives the BSK Board an opportunity to say a collective, “thank you”.
Bangor Savings Bank Community Matters More Voting 2017 has started!
Unfortunately, Belfast Soup Kitchen is not on the official ballot, but we can be put on as a write-in!
If we were to win with a write-in vote the money would go a long way in helping feed the public here in Belfast and other Waldo County communities.
Voting can be done online, just click HERE
Voting ends Feb. 28. Thank you in advance for thinking of us when voting.
President of the Board, Mary Brand, along with volunteers and manager, Kathy Ferland, accept the Bank of America Grant from Brian King and Gerald Davidson. This grant money is used to assist with operating expenses at Belfast Soup Kitchen.
Belfast Soup Kitchen is thrilled to welcome Gerald Davidson from Montville and Linda Oskamp from Stockton Springs to the Board of Directors. Bill Webb, previous Board President will pass the torch to previous Vice President, Mary Brand. Previous member Veronica Shaw will step up to Vice President and Gail McCullough and Jason Lundy will remain Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.
The 2016 UMCC Grant Awards Presentation was held on Sept. 20. Vice President of the Board, Mary Brand (left), accepted this year’s check from UMCC Board member, Debbie Mitchell. The Belfast Soup Kitchen would like to thank UMCC for their contribution and dedication to the kitchen throughout the years. UMCC Grant Award Presentations Press Release
The Belfast Soup Kitchen is still looking for a new home to satisfy our growing demand of guests and services. We took our first step in securing The Cherished Home building but, at the last minute, the owners decided to go with another business. Although this is disappointing, this will not stop us from searching more places until we find another building that will meet our criteria (posted below). We are looking to expand our services in a move towards a better hope for the future for our guests. Ideally, if the BSK owned a home, long-term stability would be established and more options for growth would be provided. We are continuing to look for a new home but in the meantime, we appreciate everyone’s patience and continued support.
Over the last year, it has become apparent that our current space can no longer accommodate the level of services that we are offering.
We have no intent of decreasing our services or the number of guests that we serve. Thus, we are seeking a larger space somewhere within Belfast.
Our Board of Director’s attorney has begun negotiations to help us transition out of a long-term lease and into a more accommodating space.
We need to find an appropriate space within the next three months.
The space would need to meet the following criteria:
- Belfast location (in-town preferably)
- Year-round utilization
- Public and handicapped accessible
- A separate building or space within an existing building
- A single floor
- Commercial kitchen food preparation/serving area
- Space to feed and seat 50-70 guests per day
- Space for non-perishable food storage
- Belfast Soup Kitchen manager’s office
- Minimum of 1,200 square footage
- Parking area for 25-30 vehicles
We need and request the assistance of area businesses, organizations (both private and non-profit), media resources, municipal sources, local, county and state officials, realtors and individuals to help continue this valued and needed resources and service. Our current and future guests need your help!
At the 2015 United Mid Coast Charity Awards Presentation, held on September 30, 2015, President, Bill Webb and Vice President, Mary Brand accepted the UMCC check. UMCC Board members in the picture are David Alling and John Viehman.