Food Mobile to Visit Calais

By Jayna Smith

On Wednesday, February 26th, Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Food Mobile from Auburn will visit Calais.  This is the first time the Food Mobile has visited the area.  It will offer food items to anyone in need from the downeast community.    

 “Dead River is sponsoring and volunteering to man this truck with Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry volunteers,” Len Hanson, Operations and Budget Director for the food pantry, said.  The truck’s visit will be at the food pantry’s 513 Main Street location from noon until 2:00 pm, he explained.  Items typically available include meat, dairy, fresh produce, canned fruit and vegetables, pastas and sauces, canned soups and stews, and a variety of snacks.

In 2012, the Food Mobile was on the road 120 times, covering every county in the state and delivering a remarkable 670,000 pounds of food.  The program is designed for visits to communities where the demand for emergency and supplemental food has outgrown the capacity of local food pantries. 

The Calais Advertiser recently reported that the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry had outgrown its building due to an increase in demand.  The pantry is currently working on a capital campaign fund to raise the necessary $30,000 for a new addition.  Information about the campaign, along with other food pantry updates, can be found on Facebook:   Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry.