The Cape Farm Alliance helps to increase the visibility of and access to local healthy food. We feel it’s vitally important to strengthen our local food system, not only for reasons of health, but to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and to encourage a strong local economy.
We support two community gardens in town, which provide over ninety growing plots, and are proud to assist Judy’s Pantry, a year-round food pantry, helping residents with limited income to access healthy foods.
Judy’s Pantry – A Community Feeding Itself
Judy’s Pantry is the collaboration of several Cape farmers, gardeners, and a local church who all wish to share the bounty of fresh, local produce grown here in Cape Elizabeth as well as offering other non-perishable food items. The pantry was started in 2010 by Nancy Miles in memory of Judy Simonds, one of the founders of the first Cape Community Garden. Judy’s Pantry’s mission is “to help Cape residents with limited resources who are struggling to feed themselves and their families with healthy food.”
Judy’s Pantry is held at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Rd. and is open the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month (3 – 5 p.m.). The produce comes from Cape’s generous farmers, the two Community Gardens, and several local residents who donate extra produce from their backyard gardens. Produce totals have averaged 3,000 – 3,200 pounds each season. The pantry is helping between 18-22 families each pantry distribution. You must be a Cape resident and fill out a short form for pantry eligibility. Visit the pantry site here.
The non-perishables are supplied through the Wayside Food Program, various food drives, and individual donations of canned and boxed goods left in the Lions Club box in IGA’s foyer. The pantry has received generous financial support from the Cape Lions Club, the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club, other Cape businesses and fund drives as well as many individual gifts from church members and other Cape residents. These funds purchase needed food when donated supplies run low.
Other ways to access fresh local food
- Community Gardens
- Grow-Your-Own (MOFGA, Cooperative Extension and Portland Maine Permaculture are good local resources).
- Maine Senior Farm Shares.
- You can also find out about food assistance programs here.
Fresh produce from the William H. Jordan Farm is available at The Food Cupboard in South Portland, Preble Street Resource Center, Good Shepherd Food Bank, and various other food pantries.