LePage to deliver food donations to Ellsworth shelter

Posted Nov. 09, 2011, at 7:56 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage will deliver several hundred pounds of food Thursday to the Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth.

The 25-bed shelter, located on the corner of Main and Water streets, is at full capacity, according to its director, Sister Lucille MacDonald.

“The Emmaus Center is one of the only family shelters in the area. Right now, we are serving four families with seven children and we always have a waiting list,” MacDonald said in a press release issued Wednesday by the governor’s office.

The food items to be delivered Thursday afternoon were donated by Mainers in exchange for tours of the governor’s Augusta mansion in October and November.

With help from the Good Shepherd Food-Bank, the governor’s office determined three towns in Maine in need of food assistance: Alfred, Ellsworth and Presque Isle. The food collected during the Blaine House open houses will be divided equally and distributed to the Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth, Sister Mary O’Donnell Shelter in Presque Isle, and the York County Shelters Program in Alfred.

The Good Shepherd Food-Bank is providing a truck and driver to deliver the food donations to the Emmaus Center on Thursday.

Additionally, Hannaford has offered to donate 50 of its “Helping Hands” boxes to the governor which also will be given to the Emmaus Center. The Helping Hands program allows Hannaford shoppers to donate $10 which pays for a box that includes a number of items such as peanut butter, oatmeal, chicken noodle soup and rice.

“I would like to thank the many people who came to the Blaine House and thought of those who have hit a rough patch in their lives,” LePage said in the press release. “These donations will mean so much. I know, I was in their shoes once. Many Mainers are facing financial difficulties these days. With rising heating prices and cuts to our Low Income Energy Assistance Program there is a growing need for assistance. I’m proud to do what I can to make things a little easier on the people who need it most right now.”

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