DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — After years of operating in rented space, the Living Word Ecumenical Food Cupboard in Dover-Foxcroft is in its own home.
An open house at the new location on Route 15, Guilford Road, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 6.
The Rev. Tom Bruce, who heads the cupboard, hopes residents will visit to see the “miracle.” There will be much fanfare, including refreshments and gifts, he said.
“Come out and see what’s happening and what’s been done,” Bruce said Thursday. He said the permanent home was made possible with a federal $35,000 grant and $53,000 loan, hundreds of volunteer hours and financial donations.
The cupboard bid $40,000 on the former tax-acquired property, of which $20,000 was needed to pay off town liens. The cupboard also had to pay $13,000 in outstanding taxes on the building to the state and federal governments, according to Bruce.
The assistance the cupboard has received has been phenomenal, Bruce said. He said help on the building came from as far away as Greenville and Milo. Broken windows were replaced, walls were plastered, the plumbing was upgraded and the inside received a fresh coat of paint, he said.
Just in time for opening week, a Lakeland, Fla., food bank donated a truckload of food to the cupboard. “It’s filled up our whole warehouse, which is a good thing,” Bruce said.
“It’s just been a lot of people coming on board,” Bruce said. Those volunteer hours are appreciated by the patrons, he added.
More than 125 families are being served every week by the Dover-Foxcroft-based food cupboard.
“In the last two weeks, within two hours, we served 100 families,” Bruce said. “I was amazed.”