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Feeding the hungry, one meal kit at a time

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Many pantries and other organizations often receive donated boxes filled with food to go toward helping those who are experiencing hunger.

Traci Anello and Debbie Hall, of The Community Gourmet, take that concept of the care package a step further. They add recipes to the food they donate, and they include some of the needed kitchen supplies, such as measuring cups, spoons and spatulas, as well. They call these packages “meal kits.”

Based in Kennebunk, The Community Gourmet is a local grassroots effort to help people who are experiencing food insecurity to prepare healthy meals with easily acquired ingredients. The contents of the kits can be used alone for meals or can be blended with foods that are available at local pantries and farmers’ markets. Anello and Hall are pursuing 501c3 status for their organization.

On Tuesday, June 14, Anello and Hall were at the Kennebunk Town Hall bright and early to donate their latest kits to the local “Stuff the Bus” campaign that greeted voters as they headed to the polls to cast their ballots in the state primary and annual town meeting. Their donation that morning brought their total of donated kits to 145 since they formed the organization back in January. According to Anello, that total is expected to jump by ten this Friday, when she and Hall deliver even more kits, this time to York County Shelter Programs in Alfred.

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