The United Way of Eastern Maine has joined with Good Shepherd Food Bank for The Pantry Project, a program aimed at feeding hungry people through April.
Specially branded shelving units were provided at discount by Home Depot and made possible by the project sponsor, Sam's Club. These shelves will be delivered to companies around Eastern Maine. Employees and customers will fill the shelves and box the food, then deliver it to Good Shepherd for distribution. Each company will keep the shelving for one month and pass it on to the next month's company. Five or six units will be used at any given time. One box of food holds about 27 meals.
The latest Maine statistic shows that more than 20% of households suffer from food insecurity, which means families do not have reliable and consistent access to food. Although the holiday season brings many donations of food, by spring, many pantries experience a food shortage. United Way and Good Shepherd are inviting businesses and partners to join in making sure that no one goes hungry.
If you're a business, give us a call! Feel free to call Karen at 941-2800 or send an email for more information!
If you're an individual, check out the list of businesses participating and bring your non-perishables in when they're hosting the shelves or drop food off to United Way of Eastern Maine as we'll have shelving units up January through April of the Pantry Project!
Participating businesses for 2012:
Hollywood Casino Bangor
Camden National Bank (2 locations)
Central Middle School (Corinth)
United Way of Eastern Maine
Bangor Hydro Electric Co.
Bank of America
Eastern Area Agency on Aging
Affiliated Healthcare Systems
People's United Bank
General Electric Energy
Maine Discovery Museum
Bonney Staffing Center
Goodwill of Northern New England
A big Thank You to the 2011 Pantry Project participants!
Central Middle School, 719 pounds
Camden National Bank, 69 pounds
Hollywood Slots, 2,555 pounds
Marden's, 82 pounds
Sam's Club, 105 pounds
Black Bear Inn, 46 pounds
Bangor Y, 224 pounds
Eastern Maine Medical Center Grant 6, 37 pounds
General Electric, 353 pounds
People's United Bank, 324 pounds
Oxford Networks, 305 pounds
Affiliated Healthcare, 954 pounds
Eastern Area Agency on Aging, 171 pounds
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, 410 pounds
Bank of America, 1,133 pounds
Rudman & Winchell, 395 pounds
Eaton Peabody, 159 pounds
Maine Discovery Museum, 23 pounds
University of Maine System, 50 pounds
Bonney Staffing, 78 pounds
U.S. Cellular, 111 pounds
CES, Inc., 50 pounds
The 2011 Pantry Project was possible with a grant from Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.
Did you know?
United Way partners with the Creating Assets, $avings and Hope (CA$H) coalition to provide free tax assistance and financial resources to individuals in Eastern Maine. More than 2,800 low and moderate income individuals have received free tax preparation and financial resource support. The work of the coalition has brought more than $2 million in refund monies to Eastern Maine. Read more.
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