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's original 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.
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 Janelle at 941-2800 or send an email for more information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2014:
Camden National Bank
Peoples United Bank
GoodWill – Brewer
United Way of Eastern Maine
Affiliated Healthcare Systems
Bank of America
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