Making a Difference in our Local Community

For the fourth straight year, Maine Coast Waldorf School students, families, faculty and staff are coming together for the Share the Love Food Drive. All items donated in the food and personal care drive, organized by 10th grade student Ruth Burchestead, will go to Freeport Community Services to benefit local families in need. 

The goal is for students across all grades at school to “share the love” with our local community by offering at least one item for the food drive. Some commonly available and most needed items include canned food, cooking oils, rice, grains, pasta, and more. Families can also make a monetary donation here which will go towards fuel assistance. 

Burchstead, part of the High School student council, has taken on organizing the food drive on campus. “I really like to help people anyway I can,” she explained. She’s been responsible for reaching out to different classes across school, writing letters, and speaking in-person to some of the lower grades about the importance of making a donation. 

“There’s so many big world problems, and sometimes it feels like you don’t know where to start,” she said. “This is such an easy way for us to help people in the Freeport community who need food.” 

Maine Coast Waldorf School and Freeport Community Services have had a long history of working together to support those in need in our community. Just this past month, for example, after a tree had to come down near the farmhouse, sixth grade woodworking students chopped up the wood and will be donating it to FCS so that families are able to heat their homes over the winter.

“Freeport Community Services truly values long-standing traditions like Maine Coast Waldorf’s Share the Love Food Drive. It dovetails so beautifully into our annual Freeze Out event which raises funds for and awareness of heating and food insecurity,” said Sarah Lundin, Executive Director of Freeport Community Services. “We are so grateful to the Maine Coast Waldorf community for being such good neighbors!”

Be sure to drop off your donations by the end of the Share the Love Food Drive, Wednesday afternoon, February 16th!