Important Changes to Food Services

UPDATED 7/7/2020 – details subject to change In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this new best practice model prioritizes the public health of our community and re-imagines the way Preble Street delivers essential services. Due to the public health risk of coronavirus spreading when large numbers of people gather, we are no longer able to … Read more

Health precautions impact homeless community

Health precautions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic have caused Preble Street Resource Center to change the way it provides daily meals, the city’s shelters have put new protocols in place, Amistad has suspended all support services and Milestone Recovery has temporarily halted a key outreach program. “We are still preparing food and plan on continuing … Read more

Volunteer of the Month: Brett

Many residents at Glenwood Sober House volunteer at the weekly Preble Street food pantry, working as a team to move thousands of pounds of donated food into the dining room and help feed over 100 families each week. “We really couldn’t do pantry without them,” say Preble Street staff. “Part of their recovery journey is giving back to the community, … Read more

Among those helping Maine’s new arrivals: Other immigrants

A pot of turkey and tomatoes, stewed with turmeric, needs stirring. The plantains are prepped, along with fish spiced with garlic and ginger. At Preble Street, a social service agency in Portland, Maine, fans meant to cool the kitchen’s heat amplify the aroma. On a recent afternoon, a handful of volunteers cooked 600 meals to … Read more

Mark Swann talks about Preble Street food programs

Preble Street Executive Director Mark Swann is a guest on Maine Points. There are many ways to describe Preble Street: drop-in centers, soup kitchens, food pantry, shelters, social work services, supported housing. These descriptions only tell part of the Preble Street story. Marks talks about the many ways Preble Street works to turn hunger and … Read more

Our View: Leon Gorman leaves legacy beyond boots

… He lent his support to environmental organizations, land conservation groups that preserved public access to outdoor recreation, and the social service agency Preble Street. He not only donated to build a shelter for homeless teenagers in Portland, but also cooked breakfast in the soup kitchen once a week for 12 years … Read more.

Heaping Helping

Volunteering is technically a selfish act. I jumped on the opportunity because I thought that by making others feel good, I would inherently feel good too. So, in a way, I initially decided to serve lunch at the Preble Street Resource Center soup kitchen, to selfishly address my own conscience. Either way, I definitely felt … Read more

Stuff the Bus food drive comes to Portland

PORTLAND (WGME) — A bus packed with food made its way to Portland Wednesday and it’s all going to feed hungry families during the holidays. This is part of the Stuff the Bus food drive. In the past 8 years, the campaign has brought more than a million pounds of food to Portland. Senator Angus … Read more

Rotarians practice "service above self" at Preble Street

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — You might notice the Rotary symbol that’s posted on several town signs, or maybe you’ve enjoyed the delicious food at a Rotary Fair booth. At it’s core though, the club is about a lot more than that and the members of the South Portland Cape Elizabeth Rotary are an … Read more