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Drive-Thru “Turkey Stewfest” to Raise Money for Good Shepherd Food Bank


Congdon’s Family Restaurant & Bakery will be serving homemade turkey stew at its drive-thru on Wednesday, Dec. 16 in exchange for a donation to Good Shepherd Food Bank.

In May, Congdon’s teamed with the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation to host a “Chowderfest” that raised more than $30,000 for Good Shepherd Food Bank, which provides much-needed food items to thousands of Maine families throughout the state.  Food banks throughout the state and country have seen unprecedented demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We thought the need was big back in May, but it’s only gotten worse,” said Gary Leech, who owns Congdon’s along with his wife Diane. “Every dollar goes directly to Good Shepherd Food Bank. They do an amazing job and have been a life-saver for so many Mainers during this difficult time.”

“Every day, the Food Bank uses a fleet of eight trucks and trailers to pick up and distribute food throughout the entire state,” said Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank. “Because of the pandemic, Maine’s food insecurity rate is predicted to grow by as much as 25 percent. Community events, like Congdon’s Doughnuts Turkey Stewfest, help support Good Shepherd Food Bank and our network of over 500 partner agencies to provide nutritious food to Mainers struggling with hunger.”

All stew will be served cold so guests can enjoy it safely at home. The stew will also come with a limited edition Congdon’s doughnut, made special for the event:  chocolate filled doughnuts with peanut butter cup topping.

There is no set price – all donations will be accepted and appreciated. Guests wishing to donate by check, should make it to “Good Shepherd Food Bank.”  Anyone in need is welcome to take home stew with no donation.

The event starts at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 16th and goes until the stew runs out.  The length of the event will depend on the turnout. Guests are encouraged to join the drive-thru queue 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Congdon’s is located at 1090 Post Road on Route One in Wells, ME

Congdon’s will also be collecting dry or canned food items to donate to the Food Bank. Sanitizing and paper products will also be accepted.

Favorite Foods, of Somersworth, N.H., and Shields Meats, of Kennebunk, Me., will donate food for the event. In addition, Leech said many of his staff will be donating their time to distribute the food.

Guests wishing to contribute to Congdon’s Giving Tree can also do so during Turkey Stewfest. Congdon’s has been collecting new, unwrapped toys, baby clothes, and diapers during the holidays for more than 20 years and have seen a record number of items donated this year. The items are then given to area organizations serving Maine families for distribution.  During normal business hours (Thurs-Sun), guests can get a free doughnut in exchange for a donation to the Giving Tree.

“Mainers helping Mainers is what Good Shepherd is all about, and we want to do our part,” said Leech. “Right now, we have a great opportunity to help people when they need it most.”

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