Maine food pantry gets 19 tons of goods from Florida

Posted March 05, 2010, at 8:08 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:04 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Florida food bank extended a helping hand Friday to the Living Word Ecumenical Food Cupboard in Dover-Foxcroft by donating about 38,000 pounds of food.

A loaded tractor-trailer truck from the Cahill Food Bank in Lakeland, Fla., pulled into town early Friday morning with 52 flats of boxes filled with everything from drinks to diapers.

“When they found out we were having a very hard time up here in central Maine, they contacted me and asked if I’d take a load of food,” the Rev. Tom Bruce, who spearheads the cupboard, said Friday. “I didn’t hesitate. I said yes, even though we didn’t have a place to store it.”

It isn’t the first time the Cahill Food Bank operated by Paul and Linda Cahill has helped Bruce and the area. Bruce said the couple, whom he has known for many years, brought two tractor-trailer truckloads of food to Dover-Foxcroft about 14 years ago to help with the startup of the food cupboard.

Bruce, whose organization has been using the lower level in Central Hall for the food cupboard, said the hall wouldn’t hold all of the donated goods. He said he called Town Manager Jack Clukey who told him that the food could be stored temporarily in the vacant Moosehead Manufacturing plant, which the town now owns.

Working in the cold mill Friday, several members from area churches were helping to sort the boxed items.

Bruce chuckled when he said the only problem they had encountered with the donation was the three pallets of cooking wine that had a 12 percent alcohol content.

“Know any French cooks?” he asked with a laugh.

Joking aside, Bruce said he was pleased and thankful for the donation, which will help feed many hungry families in Greater Piscataquis County.

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