AUBURN, Maine — Good Shepherd Food-Bank is hoping to distribute 10,000 turkeys and fixings for needy families through its network of more than 600 food pantries, soup kitchens and other partnering food relief organizations from Kittery to Fort Kent.
More than 70,000 Mainers are struggling with how they will make it through the coming winter and meet the most basic needs of food and fuel. For many, a Thanksgiving turkey dinner will be prohibitively expensive.
This year will mark the food bank’s second annual turkey drive. Over the past year, the food bank has seen the need for food increase 30 percent, and this holiday season will be no different. To keep up with the increased demand, the food bank hopes to double the number of turkey dinners that were distributed last year from 5,000 to 10,000.
Each gift of $10 will provide 48 Thanksgiving turkey dinners to those in need throughout Maine.
To complete this project, the food bank is asking the public to make a donation online at www.gsfb.org or by calling 782-3554.
The food bank is also participating in the Bread plus Butter project along with five other nonprofit food banks for the five-month period of November 2009 to March 2010. During this period, the Bread plus Butter project will donate 50 percent of profits from the sale of all products on its e-store to its New England partners.
To learn more about the Bread plus Butter project and to make a purchase in its online store, go to www.breadandbutterproject.com.