Monday, November 1, 2010

Mantor Monday: Food Drive

Hi! Happy day-after-Halloween! I hope everybody got lots of treats and no tricks, and hopefully, your sugar buzz is not making concentration difficult, because I have something important to tell you.
This morning, the On Our Minds Reading Group kicked off a food drive at Mantor Library. It's going to run through November 21st, and all items will be donated to the Care & Share Food Closet, which helps local families in Farmington, Fairbanks, Temple, Chesterville, New Sharon, New Portland, and New Vineyard.
We all know families who have been hit hard by the struggling economy...maybe yours has, too. Food Pantries and aid organizations are going to be hard pressed to help everyone in need of assistance this holiday season. If you can, please help us help each other. You'll find our collection bin in the lobby.
What is needed? Any food items that are non-perishable. Canned soups, beans, fruits, vegetables, and tuna. Spaghetti sauce. Dry pasta or rice. Boxes of cereal and crackers. Peanut butter. Granola Bars. Dried fruit or nuts. Canned or powdered milk. Baby food.
Some non-food items are appreciated as well: toilet paper, hand soap, toothpaste, shampoo, dish soap, and paper towels. Thank you in advance for anything you can donate.
If you're having trouble keeping food on the table yourself, help is out there. I'm including some links to help you find it.
For our UMF families and neighbors:

Care & Share Food Closet
Location: 508 Fairbanks Road, Fairbanks Neighborhood Center, Farmington, ME 04938
Days and Hours: Monday through Friday Except Holidays Noon to 2 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 4 to 6 pm on Thursday
Contact: 207-778-3833

More help in Maine:

Maine Department of Agriculture Food Assistance Programs by County
Maine Food Pantries

Food Pantries by State:
Feeding America

Now, let's all join hands and sing "Lean on Me." No? Okay. I'll leave it to the master himself, Bill Withers. I hope he inspires you to be, if you can, someone to lean on.

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