Local Artist Supports SMH Food Pantry

January 11, 2024

Contact: Jennifer Fogg, Jennifer.fogg@mainehealth.org, 207-744-6052                 

Three adults standing together in front of metal kitchen shelves stocked with dry goods
(Left-right): Jeff Noblin, President of Stephens Memorial Hospital, Linda Richardson and Elizabeth Hartford, SMH Food Pantry. 

NORWAY, ME – South Paris community member and folk artist, Linda Richardson, recently presented Stephens Memorial Hospital Food Pantry with a gift of $1,200 to benefit the MaineHealth Food Pantry at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

Recognizing holidays can be especially tough for many families in our community, Linda Richardson wanted to make a difference. With leftover barn board pieces from her husband Jeff’s projects, she created winter tree ‘folk art’ mantel décor, and Hunger Trees Feed Local Families fundraiser was created in 2022. This year, however, she formed her “2023 Hunger Trees” from a newly found source of cardboard cones. Linda reached out to the Paris Hill Community who were eager to support her last year and sold her Hunger Trees with all the proceeds benefitting the Food Pantry at SMH. Linda set a goal of $500 and within two weeks far exceed her expectations.

In Maine, one out of every five children and one out of every ten people do not have reliable access to affordable, healthy food. The Food Pantry at Stephens offers a welcoming and confidential space, providing a variety of free, fresh, frozen and shelf-stable foods that support health and well-being in our community. With support of Linda, the food pantry has been able to expand their offerings to provide hygiene products to those in need. The food pantry is made possible through a partnership with MaineHealth and the Good Shepherd Food Bank. 


About WMH/Stephens Memorial Hospital
Western Maine Health is the parent of Stephens Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital and offers a range of inpatient and outpatient services including Western Maine Multi-Medical Specialists, school-based health clinics and community educational programs. Western Maine Health is part of MaineHealth.