Sunday River Food Pantry Challenge Raises Over $24,000

Donations collected since mid-September support the Bethel Food Pantry

NEWRY, ME (December 3, 2020)—Giving Tuesday marked the conclusion of the Sunday River Challenge in support of the Bethel Food Pantry, where the resort pledged to match donations up to $5,000. Along with the support of an anonymous donor who pledged to match another $5,000 in donations, the community raised over $ 24,121, far exceeding the original fundraising goal of $10,000. 

COVID-19 has altered the lives of families across the country, and the Bethel Food Pantry has been a key source for ensuring food security within the region. With the success of the Sunday River Challenge, the Food Pantry will be able to continue opening the first and third Wednesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Throughout the pandemic, the resort has supplied over 7,000 meals to those in need across the greater Bethel region, and has provided additional funding to help stock the Food Pantry’s shelves.

“Donations came from near and far during the Sunday River Challenge,” says Dave Bean, a Gould Academy teacher and Bethel Food Pantry director. “We are all grateful that Sunday River is such an integral part of our community, and that the resort contributes so much to the safety and well-being of those who call Western Maine home.”

While the Sunday River Challenge may be complete, the Bethel Food Pantry always appreciates support. Donations can be made at any time on

“It’s our responsibility to take care of our neighbors, and we’re proud to be part of a community that can rally together in this way,” says resort president Dana Bullen.   

About Sunday River Resort: 

Sunday River Resort is located minutes from picturesque Bethel Village in western Maine’s Mahoosuc Mountains. A true four-season destination, Sunday River offers eight interconnected peaks of world-class skiing and snowboarding, an 18-hole golf course at the Sunday River Golf Club, two resort hotels and an inn, and numerous events throughout the year. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.

Media Contact: 

Karolyn Castaldo, Director of Communications – 207-824-5218 –

Helpful Links: 

Sunday River Website –  Media Center –  Bethel Food Pantry

About us

The Bethel Food Pantry is open every month for everyone.

The Bethel Food Pantry located at 16 Church Street in the Nazarene Church and feeds all residents of Bethel, West Bethel, Gilead, Albany, Stoneham, Locke Mills, Greenwood, Woodstock, Bryant Pond, Mason Township, Hanover, Newry, Andover, and Upton.

If you (or someone you know) needs help, get in touch.

We are open for drive-thru service the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and by apointment as needed.

We have the food you need!

With the support of generous individuals, groups, and companies in our community, the Bethel Community Food Pantry is able to provide food assistance to individuals and families each week. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Donate by Mail

To make a gift by mail, please make your check payable to the Bethel Food Pantry and mail your gift to: PO Box 232, Bethel, ME 04217.

Donate by Phone

To make a gift by phone, please call us us at 207-824-0369

Donate Online Now

You can donate online right now so that funds will be immediately available to serve our community

Your Donations Keep Us Going

The Bethel Food Pantry accepts donations of both food and toiletries. Below is a list of the best items to donate.

non-perishable & perishable foods

Cereal, Soup, Pasta, Rice, Canned Tomatoes, Pasta Sauce, Lentils, Beans, Meat, Vegetables, Tea/coffee, Fruits, Milk, Fruit juice


Deodorant, Toilet paper, Shower gel, Shaving gel, Shampoo, Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Hand wipes, Tissues

Household items

Laundry detergent, Cleaning supplies, Trash bags, Paper products

Feminine Products & Baby Supplies

Sanitary pads, Tampons, Nappies, Baby wipes, Baby food

What’s Happening at the Pantry?

Please support the Second Nature Adventure Challenge. The proceeds from theier efforts this summer will go to local food pantries, including the Bethel Food Pantry.

Get in Touch – We’re Here to Help

Physical Location

16 Church Street

Bethel ME 04217

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 232

Bethel ME 04217


Contact Us

We are open for drive-thru service the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and by appointment as needed. 
We have the food you need!


Turkey Baskets

Sunday, November 22 at 1:00 p.m. you can come get a Turkey Basket for Thanksgiving at the Bethel Food Pantry through a generous donation from Sunday River Resort. Come early. We only have 50 Turkey Baskets.