Gather recipes, help the hungry

6 years ago

PORTLAND, Maine — Catholic Charities Maine’s Parish Social Ministry is hosting a recipe contest and invites 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 an entry deadline of Aug. 31. The challenge is simple: submit a recipe for any main dish, but all of the ingredients must be items available 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.”

Winners will be announced on Sept. 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.”

Send recipes to (place “Recipe Contest” in the subject line), or mail to: Recipe Contest, Catholic Charities Maine, P.O. Box 10660, Portland, ME 04104.

For more information, call (207) 523-1161 or visit