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.

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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.”

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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.

Our Mission

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.


One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes of his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life
there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and
saddest times of his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then I carried you.”
— Carolyn Carty, 1963

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