Teamsters union collects 34,500 pounds of food for needy County families

Posted July 26, 2012, at 2:22 p.m.

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — It was another banner year for members of the South Portland-based Teamsters Local 340, as they once again brought in a staggering amount of goods during a statewide food drive to benefit Aroostook County families.

Traci Place, a business agent for the union, said earlier this week that Teamsters Local 340 Women’s Committee brought in 34,500 pounds of food during its fourth annual drive at the Maine Potato Blossom Festival parade on Saturday, July 21. The food, along with $3,000, has been delivered to Catholic Charities of Maine Home Supplies and Food Bank in Caribou.

Place said she was thrilled when volunteers finished tabulating what was collected for CCM during the two-day statewide food drive.

“We collected 4,500 pounds more food and $1,400 more than in 2011,” Place explained. “We received generous donations from our membership statewide, including Garelick Farms, B&M Beans, Country Farms Market, & Kellogg’s Snacks. Our tractor trailer was full and we could not have been more pleased.”

On July 20, the Teamsters Joint Council 10 tractor-trailer truck traveled from Kittery to Presque Isle, stopping along the way so members of Teamsters Local 340 could fill it with nonperishable food donations.

On July 21, the tractor-trailer participated in the parade. Teamsters members and representatives from Catholic Charities of Maine collected canned goods and donations along the parade route.

Teamsters Local 340 has nearly 4,000 members statewide.

Through its “Feed the County” program, Catholic Charities maintains its own food bank and supplies goods to 25 food pantries in Aroostook County from Wytopitlock to St. Francis and Fort Fairfield to Ashland.

Place said the union was grateful to everyone who came out in support of feeding the hungry.

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