Pantry Project 2015 Recap
Waterville, ME—Imagine how valuable one 27-pound gold bar is. Multiply that by 91. That’s almost 2,500 pounds of gold. Now imagine giving 2,500 pounds of food to families across Mid-Maine that otherwise would not have food to eat. To food-insecure families who don’t know where their next meal will come from, that’s pretty valuable.
United Way of Mid-Maine (UWMM), in collaboration with 17 local businesses, provided that value by donating over 2,500 pounds of nonperishable food items to food pantries in Northern Kennebec, Western Waldo and Somerset Counties throughout 2015 with UWMM’s Pantry Project.
The Pantry Project in Central Maine started in 2010 as a one-time event at Inland Hospital. By 2013, the goal was to hold the food collection campaign at least six times over the course of the year, at different businesses. In 2015, 17 businesses hosted the portable collection shelves throughout the year, providing not only food, but hope for adults and children in need throughout our community, and building awareness about the food insecurities facing our neighbors, year-round.
The rate of Maine households facing food insecurities has been increasing in recent years. According to the USDA, 16.2% of our state’s households (that’s over 208,000 people) don’t know where their next meal is coming from—if it’s coming at all. Feeding America.org adds that 35% of those households (over 72,800 people) have an income over the qualifying threshold for public assistance, and therefore rely on charitable donations to put food on the table.
Thank you to all who participated : KeyBank Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville; Inland Hospital; Redington-Fairview General Hospital; KVCAP; Kennebec Savings Bank, Waterville; Alfond Youth Center; Camden National Bank, Waterville; Elanco; Kennebec Federal Savings; Huhtamaki; Children’s Center, Skowhegan; MaineGeneral, Thayer Campus; Lakewood Continuing Care; Maine Children’s Home; Best Western Plus, Waterville; People’s United Bank, Waterville; and PFBF, CPAs.
UWMM is looking to increase participation and food donations in 2016 to help meet the growing needs of our community. We invite any businesses and organizations that would like to host the Pantry Project to contact us 207-873-0686. Because we’re not delivering just food to hungry families, we’re delivering hope. And that’s as good as gold.
United Way of Mid-Maine strives to advance the common good by collaborating to create solutions to local problems facing our friends and neighbors. Proudly serving the people of Somerset, northern Kennebec, and western Waldo counties for over 60 years, UWMM is dedicated to improving people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities. For more information about UWMM, please visit www.uwmm.org. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. Live United.