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St. Hildegard Food Pantry Recipe Challenge in Maine to Help Parish Food Ministries

PORTLAND---A recipe challenge, sponsored by Catholic Charities Maine’s Parish Social Ministry, will provide an opportunity for all Mainers to put their recipes and cooking knowledge to the test while helping local parish food ministries in the process.

The “St. Hildegard Food Pantry Recipe Challenge” is underway with a deadline for entries set for August 31. The challenge is simple: all are welcome to submit a recipe for any main dish, but all of the ingredients must be items that you can find on a regular basis at a local community food pantry. Those who submit the winning recipes will receive a cash donation to benefit their parish’s food pantry, soup kitchen, or other food-based ministry.

“The recipes will be judged on nutritional value and ease of cooking,” said Bill Wood of Catholic Charities Maine. “Participants can submit as many recipes as they like.”

The winning recipes will be announced on September 17, which is the Feast Day of St. Hildegard, who is known for developing a nutritional philosophy centered on the healing properties of food.

“Having taken a vow of poverty on becoming a nun, Sister Hildegard knew how to cook on a budget!” said Wood. “That why we named this recipe contest that features food from the shelves of food pantries in her name.”

To enter, interested parties can send their recipes to (place “Recipe Contest” in the subject line). They can also mail their recipes to: Recipe Contest, Catholic Charities Maine, P.O. Box 10660, Portland, ME 04104.

The mission of Parish Social Ministry is to provide leadership, guidance, Catholic social teaching education, and training to empower parishioners to compassionately serve people of all faiths living in their communities. From Kittery to Madawaska, the size and scope of the program continues to grow one successful initiative at a time through youth camps, case managers at soup kitchens, community fairs promoting strong family life, an educational series for seniors, and hundreds of other initiatives.

For more information about Parish Social Ministry or the contest, call (207) 523-1161 or visit