(and Cookies too!) Chewonki cooks and farmers not only feed our participants and staff well; they’ve also become key drivers of community engagement. Kitchen staff look for ways to support neighbors in need, and over the holidays, that meant donating 65 gallons of Chewonki milk to local soup kitchens and 5 dozen cookies to a fundraising event for a literacy organization. It’s a way to give to the community around us,” says cook Susan Bauer. “We care about what’s happening beyond Chewonki Neck.” Some of the milk went to the Bath Area Kitchen Table, which serves 35-60 individuals three days a week. “They get a first serving, a second serving, and a ‘take home’ serving,” says Kimberly Gates, executive director. “The clients truly love the milk, and that is a huge budget item for us since we have to pay retail for all our dairy.” Milk also went to the soup kitchen of the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. The Brunswick kitchen serves 750-1,000 meals most weeks, says program director Ethan Minton, who called the milk “a treat. We always make milk available for our guests but it was so fresh and creamy…yummy!” How ‘bout the cookies? They sweetened the Candy Cane Train, a critically important fundraiser for Tri-County Literacy in Bath. Tri-County Literacy serves residents o northern Cumberland, Sagadahoc, and Lincoln counties through literacy tutoring for adults and Read With Me, a family literacy initiative co-sponsored by Midcoast Maine Community Action’s Head Start program. A full 20 percent of the Tri-County budget comes from this event, so every cookie counts. We’re proud to contribute to the efforts of outstanding nonprofit organizations working to make the community we share healthier and happier. Here’s to the new year!