In December 1991 a dedicated group from St. Raphael’s Church in Kittery got together to discuss the issue of food insecurity in their community. With startup money of just $1,100 and a donated telephone, office supplies, freezers and refrigerators Footprints Food Pantry opened its doors on February 19, 1992.
In November 1993 Footprints moved to its current location at 37 Old Post Road and was run by Denise and Jan Sheldon until 2002. With the help of Share Our Strength, Footprints was able to obtain a walk-in freezer and cooler. In 2002 Share Our Strength once again helped Footprints by granting funds to purchase a delivery van. In 2018 after 16 years of delivery service Footprints received another grant from Share Our Strength to replace our delivery van.
Now in our 27th year, with volunteer time, donated food, and funds we continue to try and meet the food needs of our community. One of our volunteers said about Footprints work, “we give a hand up, not a hand out.”
Footprints Moving FOrward
Barbara Fernald became Executive Director of Footprints in 2002 and was instrumental in building relationships with community businesses and national organizations who continue to support our goal of meeting the food needs in our community.
Provide a welcoming environment in which the residents of Kittery, Kittery Point, and Eliot, Maine have access to good, healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity of the individual and provides an opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors in need.
What happens in a typical week at footprints food pantry?
Meet Our Staff & Board
Roland Fernald, President
Tom Bunting, Vice President
Beth Hallissey, Treasurer
Debbie Crosier, Secretary
Karen Brown, Executive Director
Carol Bunting Doug Craig Deb Hall Ray Schultz
Joe Cannon Patti Craig Eileen McKeel Bobbie Contella
Larry Flohr Alan Rindler