SHERMAN, Maine — The economic crisis affecting the nation has touched the Sherman area too, and officials with the Upper Valley Economic Council are responding to the increased need by becoming an emergency assistance food recipient and opening a food pantry.
The pantry will be housed in the Sherman Municipal Building and will be open for food distribution on the third Tuesday of each month starting today.The Upper Valley Economic Council is an organization of community and business leaders in Sherman and Stacyville. UVEC provides startup, expansion and relocation assistance to the business community and also assists Stacyville and Sherman with funding resources for their communities and organizations.
Jeff Packard, office manager at UVEC, said the shelves of the shelter are being stocked.
“Need” was the one major reason to open the pantry, Packard said last week.
“There is an increased need for assistance in this area, and the pantry is going to help that,” he said. “Until now, the closest emergency assistance food pantry was in Ludlow or Houlton.”
“This is open to everyone in the area,” Packard said. “Going to Ludlow or Houlton for food is a long way to travel, especially for an elderly citizen. This is going to be a huge benefit to the area.”