AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s First Family invites Mainers to visit the Blaine House once again this year in an effort to help fellow citizens who are less fortunate. In October, Gov. Paul R. LePage and First Lady Ann M. LePage will open the doors of the Blaine House for the annual food drive the couple started three years ago. They have collected thousands of pounds of food for pantries and homeless shelters across the state, according to a State House press release.
The food drives will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on three consecutive Saturday’s during the month of October, which are Oct. 12, 19 and 26. Mainers will have an opportunity to bring a food donation, receive a tour of the Blaine House led by Gov. LePage and enjoy light refreshments.
“As our holiday season approaches, it is very important that we remember those who are less fortunate and are trying to get on their feet,” said Gov. LePage in a prepared statement. “The First Lady and I recognize how meaningful these food donations can be to those individuals in trying circumstances. Mainers are generous people, and it is heartwarming to see to see so many who are willing to help their neighbors in need. The First Lady and I are happy to open the Blaine House for another food drive this year.”
All donations collected at the Blaine House will be given to Good Shepherd Food-Bank, which then will distribute the goods to the areas in most need of donations.
“Governor and First Lady LePage are setting a great example for Mainers to get involved in the fight against hunger,” said Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank, in the press release. “Hunger is a significant problem in Maine with 15 percent of households not able to access enough nutritious food. We thank the First Family for making a different in the lives of families struggling with hunger and encouraging others to do the same.”