Mobile food pantry visits Rockland
Rockland — As part of its continuing outreach to help alleviate hunger in Maine, the Good Shepherd Food Bank took its Mobile Food Pantry to Rockland, where 1,640 pounds of food were distributed to more than 100 area families in need.
On March 27, the Mobile Food Pantry rolled into the Area Interfaith Outreach, at 70 Thomaston St. in Rockland, loaded with food and manpower. The event was made possible by Dead River Company, as part of its ongoing commitment to help fight hunger throughout their service areas in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. In addition to financial support, five employees from the local Dead River office joined other volunteers to help with the event.
“By funding these mobile pantry distributions, Dead River is supporting Maine communities and supporting families who are struggling to access healthy food. Their partnership is invaluable,” said Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank, in a news release.
“Fifteen percent of Maine households are facing hunger and this problem is taking a significant toll on our state in terms of our health, education, and economic outcomes,” said Miale. “The good news, is that there is a statewide network of hunger relief agencies working to end hunger in our state. With support from donors such as Dead River Company, we can make progress toward that goal.”
“Our motto is ‘Delivering on a Promise.’ That reaches across the entire company,” said Steve Jacobson, market manager of the Rockland Dead River Company office. “Our employees live and work in the communities that we serve. They are proud to lend a hand, giving their time. Joining with the Good Shepherd Food Bank for this event is a meaningful part of delivering on our promise to support the communities we’re so proud to serve.”
As the largest hunger relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank provides for Mainers facing hunger by distributing nutritious food to 600 partner agencies across the state, including food pantries, meal sites, and youth programs. In 2013, the Food Bank distributed more than 15 million pounds of food to families, children, and seniors in need throughout Maine.