"Scoopstock" at the First Universalist Church of Sangerville & Dover-Foxcroft

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"Scoopstock" at the First Universalist Church of Sangerville & Dover-Foxcroft

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Piscataquis Regional Food Center blog post about the UU Church of Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft Food Cupboard's annual fundraiser, re-tooled from April’s abandoned “Soupstock” into August’s ice cream and auction event, “Scoopstock”.

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2020-09-14

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Piscataquis Regional Food Center

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If I could, I would send Barbara an e mail telling her about our annual fundraiser, re-tooled from April’s abandoned “Soupstock” into August’s ice cream and auction event, “Scoopstock”. Thanks to the imagination and good will of our fundraising co-chairs, Theresa Boettner and Nancy Lappert, and the cooperation of an army of artisans and volunteers, we managed to salvage the event by hosting it outdoors and with pandemic-savvy protocols.

I would tell Barb that, yes, we are in good shape to sustain the food cupboard for some time into the future. And yes, the event was so much more than that. I think she would have noticed it all: the artistic energy embedded in the hand- made ice cream bowls and auction items; the imagination, resilience, and creativity of the organizers, cooks, musicians and builders; the strong backs of the setters-up, mask-enforcers, guides, and volunteers; the anxious wee-hours worrying; the generosity of our guests.

As important as the fun and the funds we raised are, we are ever conscious of Barb’s dedication to the purpose of our food pantry. Our patrons have been stripped of a little more dignity, with little choice of what might appear in the pre-packaged food parcels they receive, asked to mask up despite respiratory ill health, marginal access to health care and decent housing, they arrive with their neighbors, wait in their cars, deliver food to friends who can’t make it, tell corny jokes. They thank us and hope we stay well. Amazing grace.

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“"Scoopstock" at the First Universalist Church of Sangerville & Dover-Foxcroft,” Heart of Maine Community Stories, accessed June 15, 2021, https://heartofmaine.omeka.net/items/show/144.

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