Real Stories of Hunger

Joan
Calais , ME

The Irene Chadbourne Food Pantry is located at 513 Main Street in Calais Maine. It is organized and run by volunteers from the four local Churches. These churches pledge financial support and each week one of the churches provides volunteers to man the pantry. We also have members of the public who volunteer on a regular basis. Many groups in town collect non-perishable food items and hold fund raisers to provide cash for us to purchase food from the Good Shepherd food Bank. The past few years we have seen food pantries in most of our neighboring communities close. We have extended our area to include them. We have been most fortunate with food donations from our local community. Walmart and the grocery store both donate fresh products (baked goods and vegetables)available weekly to our clients. Clients come in once a month for assistance. We have a backpack program in place and send food home with children in need of assistance for the weekend.We serve at least 5 elementary schools that I know of. I am writing in hopes that we can learn of any other sources of income or suitable food products that we could use to improve our resources for this backpack program. We find that most of the granola bar type products often have nut warnings and cannot be sent to the schools. It is costly to have to purchase cereal products that are suitable. Thank you for your existence and assistance.

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