STATEWIDE, Maine — NEWS CENTER’s ninth annual Feed Maine Food Drive saw donations increase 18 percent over 2013’s numbers.
WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 personalities greeted the public on Saturday at five Hannaford Supermarkets locations: Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Sanford, and Scarborough. Good Shepherd Food-Bank estimates the total number of meals from this year’s drive at 88,300. Totals were 10,426 pounds of food and cash donations in the amount of $19,903.
WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 will hold its second Neighbor Helping Neighbor collection event 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 19, at the Maine Mall in Portland and at the Bangor Mall.
Here’s a breakdown of the totals from the various communities: Bangor, 2,197 pounds of food and $2,066 cash; Augusta, 1,940 pounds and $8,214; Auburn, 1,450 pounds and $2,122; Scarborough, 2,932 pounds and $4,879; Sanford, 1,907 pounds and $2,622.
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“It’s always humbling to see how NEWS CENTER viewers turn out to help fight food insecurity in our state,” said Steve Carter, President & General Manager of WCSH 6, in a press release. “I appreciate everyone who took time out of their busy Saturday to take part in something so important. You are making a difference in the fight to end hunger in Maine.”
Nearly 15 percent of households, or approximately 200,000 people in Maine, are food insecure, ranking the state 17th in the nation, and first in New England. One in four Maine children are food insecure, and 36 percent of Maine’s food insecure population makes too much money to qualify for Food EBT so must rely on Good Shepherd’s network of partner agencies. The Food-Bank helps to provide meals for tens of thousands of Mainers every week, according to its website.
Contributions can always be made to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank at gsfb.org.