SWEDEN – Board members and friends of Sweden Food Pantry received a call from the gardener at Pietree on November 1 that apple picking could take place on Tuesday afternoon between 13 and 16.
A team from Sweden arrived at the orchard at 1 p.m., including CEO Linda Bradley, board members Miriam Gibely and Nancy Michaud, and friends of the Dell Foss and Susan Ware pantry.
Bradley said: “These women were fantastic. We picked 250 pounds of Cortlands, Bonkers and Crimpson Crisp. Thank you, Pietree. It was a beautiful day for apple picking. The next day was frost,” according to a press release from the food pantry.
Sweden Food Pantry serves the cities of Sweden, Lovell, Fryeburg, Stow, Stoneham and Waterford, but no eligible individual or family is rejected. In fact, larger Bridgton families make up 25-30% of the pantry’s customers.
The pantry is open to the community on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 137 Bridgton Road, Sweden. The pantry is located in the basement of Sweden Community Church, near Sweden’s Four Corners, at the intersection between road 93 and Waterford Road.
Emergency lunch boxes are available. To arrange emergency service, call the pantry at 207-647-5735.
For more information visit swedenfoodpantry.org or find the pantry on Facebook.