CARIBOU, Maine — In support of the Caribou Ecumenical Food Pantry, a benefit spaghetti Supper will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the new Fellowship Hall of the Caribou Assembly of God on Sweden Street in Caribou.
Last year’s supper brought out about 100 hungry folks to help support the food pantry, but organizers are hoping for about 300 this year with the extra space available in the Fellowship Hall. Meatless sauce and takeout also will be available.
Funds raised will help the pantry qualify for additional money from the Feinstein Foundation. Nonperishable food items donated to the pantry will also count toward matching funds of $1 per item or pound.
Thrivent for Lutherans also is providing $1 for every three hours of volunteer time given to the planning, preparation and service for this project. And all of the expenses for the supper are covered by the generosity of local businesses.
Eight area churches make up the Caribou Ecumenical Food Pantry Board of Directors — Faith Lutheran Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Gray Memorial United Methodist, Unitarian Universalist Church, Lidstone United Methodist, Caribou Assembly of God and Caribou Church of the Nazarene. Each church provides volunteers for the pantry on a rotating schedule.
The supper represents the biggest fundraiser of the year for the pantry, according to Jessica Feeley, director of the Caribou Ecumenical Food Pantry. She said the pantry serves up to 24 families nine months a year and helps another 15 through food emergencies during the summer, when the facility is only open one day a week.