Waldoboro Food Pantry in need of donations as more seek assistance
Waldoboro — In the last few months, the Waldoboro Food Pantry, a pantry sponsored by the local Lions Club, has been experiencing an increase in the number of households looking for food assistance.
During the month of September, the number of households looking for assistance numbered 176, an increase of about 25 households above the total for the month of August. This increase represents about 100 to 125 more individuals than in the month of August. Therefore, the food pantry is providing food for about 800 to 850 people per month.
An additional challenge to the pantry is that Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn had a rather limited number of grocery items for sale than usual. Therefore, the pantry was not able to purchase many of the items that were needed.
Instead of purchasing at Good Shepherd, the food pantry bought more than usual from local sources. Even though these local sources offered good prices, their prices do not compare favorably with the prices at Good Shepherd.
At Good Shepherd, the pantry was fortunate, however, in purchasing frozen meat, fresh potatoes, and some other grocery items at their usual prices.
The pantry supplemented its inventory through donations from Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset and the Hatchet Cove Farm in Warren.
The Waldoboro Food Pantry resources have been hit hard by the economic conditions in the state and the country. Lack of items at Good Shepherd and the great increase in demand from those seeking food assistance is causing the food pantry a great challenge in its mission of feeding the needy families in the Waldoboro-Bremen area.
Therefore, the food pantry is seeking help. Donations may be sent to Ellee Simons, director, Waldoboro Food Pantry, Box 832, Waldoboro, ME 04572.
The needy families, the Waldoboro Food Pantry, and the Waldoboro Lions’ Club appreciates any and all donations.