FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — For the third year in a row, a local Teamsters union is working to feed needyAroostook County families.
The Teamsters Local 340 Women’s Committee is heading up a statewide food drive to benefit Catholic Charities of Maine in Caribou. Through its “Feed the County” program, Catholic Charities supplies food to 24 food pantries in The County and maintains its own food bank.
As part of this year’s effort, Traci Place, a business agent for the union, said on Tuesday that a tractor-trailer will drive from Kittery to Fort Fairfield, making close to a dozen stops along the way so that members of South Portland-based Teamsters Local 340 can fill the rig with nonperishable food donations.
The truck’s final stop will be in Fort Fairfield, where it also will participate in the Maine Potato Blossom Parade on Saturday, July 16.
All donations will be delivered to Catholic Charities Maine Home Supplies and Food Bank in Caribou following the parade.
Teamsters Local 340 has close to 4,000 members and is overseen by President Kenneth Eaton. Last year, Teamsters collected 30,000 pounds of food and $1,294 in donations.
In 2009, the Teamsters collected 25,000 pounds of food and $860 in donations.
This is one of two major fundraisers for Feed The County. Country music stars Big and Rich and Gretchen Wilson are coming Aug. 20 to Spud Speedway in Caribou for a concert to benefit the program. All of the profits from ticket sales and 50 percent of food and drink sale profits will go to Catholic Charities of Maine’s Feed the County campaign to raise money and hunger awareness in northern Maine.
Place is encouraging everyone to drop off food at one of the collection sites on the way to The County or during the potato blossom parade. The truck will leave the Kittery Town Hall at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, July 15, and stop at Interstate Brands Dock at 7:45 a.m. It will be at the Biddeford Circle K to collect donations from 8 to 8:30 a.m. that day and at the Teamsters Local 340 building in South Portland from 9:05 to 9:35 a.m. before stopping at Keebler Dock in South Portland at 10:15 a.m.
Other stops will be 10:45-11:15 a.m. at Irving Blue Canoe in Auburn; 11:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m. at the Circle K in Augusta; 1-1:30 p.m. at the Irving Circle K in Fairfield; 2:10-2:40 p.m. at Irving Big Stop in Newport; 3:20-3:50 p.m. at Dysarts in Hermon; and 5:15-5:45 p.m. at the Circle K in Medway.
The tractor-trailer will then stop 7-7:30 p.m. at the Irving Big Stop in Houlton before arriving at 8:30 p.m. at the Teamsters Local 340 building on North St. in Presque Isle. It will participate in the parade in Fort Fairfield on Saturday.
Donors can bring nonperishable food items or contribute money at collection sites or along the parade route. Checks can be made out to Catholic Charities Maine.