Food pantry calls for matching funds

For more than 10 years the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry (CACFP) has been providing food relief to families in Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport, Searsmont, Union and Washington. For the past two years we have been experiencing drains on our resources. Donations have not kept up with rising costs while usage by our client families has increased.

We have the opportunity to participate in a unique matching funds program that has the potential to help us reduce our deficit. The Alan Shawn Feinstein $1 Million Dollar Giveaway to Fight Hunger provides matching funds to nonprofit organizations who solicit donations between now and April 30. The percent of matching will be determined by the amount of funds collected by April 30. The more our organization receives in donations the more we will receive from the Alan Feinstein Foundation.

Donations can be in cash, checks or non-perishable food items. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated. If your donation is in cash, please give us your name or mark the envelope “Feinstein Foundation” so that we can validate, if needed, that funds were collected as a result of the program. Pledges for future contributions are also acceptable and can be included in the campaign. Food and other non-perishable products can be dropped off at the food locker outside of the pantry entrance. Money donations, which must be received by April 30, may be sent to:

Camden Area Christian Food Pantry, 128 Mount Battie St., P.O. Box 337, Camden, ME 04843.

This is the 16th year that Alan Feinstein has donated $1 million dollars to organizations helping to feed the needy. We are grateful for his generosity and look forward to support from our community so that we can continue to provide meaningful food relief to our fellow citizens.

CACFP Board Members


Thank you for generous support

Friends, colleagues and family of Justin Hills would like to thank the community for its tremendous outpouring of support March 23 at the Super Chicken Barbecue and Auction.

The limited supply of chicken dinners — 300— sold out nine minutes after noon, the donation dessert table overflowed and the silent and live auctions brought in 153 donated items. Rosey Gerry was on fire on the microphone Saturday, helping auction off more than 50 of those items, ranging from Patriots, Red Sox and Sea Dog tickets to bi-plane and seaplane rides, sailboat tours of the Midcoast and lots of lobster dinners, to name just a few. There were even a few last-minute special donations, made on the spot, including Lincolnville Fire Chief Jason Peasley taking a pie in the face and Town Administrator Dave Kinney succumbing to a head shaving.

All in all, it was a grand time for everyone, especially Justin.

Pulling off this event took many, many hands working together and there are too many individuals to name to be sure we have not forgotten anyone. But rest assured, your hard work is appreciated and valued. And Justin knows who you are, and we have it on good authority that he thanks you too.

On behalf of the Super Chicken organizing committee, we offer a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who donated and volunteered their time, talents, goods, services and money to make this event the wild success that it was.

We are happy to report that the event raised a combined total of more than $33,000, all of which is being donated to Justin and his family to help defray Justin's past, current and future medical expenses.

We live in a wonderful, caring community. And while nobody ever wants to have a need for an ambulance, we're glad to know that Justin is still just a phone call away.


Super Chicken Barbecue Committee