Food Pantry Bolstered by Postal Drive, Spaghetti Dinner

Photo: The annual letter carriers' food drive was a terrific success with 2,135 pounds of food raised by the local community. The Girl Scouts were instrumental in helping to pull off the event. (Facebook photo). 

 By Lura Jackson

 The Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry has received much-needed support from two local events in the past few weeks. The annual letter carriers’ food drive, which was coordinated in part through the efforts of the Girl Scouts, was a rousing success. In addition, a spaghetti dinner was held recently at the Second Baptist Church in Calais to raise funds specifically for the pantry. 

“We couldn’t ask for a better community for support,” said Father David Sivret, co-director of the food pantry. “The community really comes forward here.”

The letter carriers’ food drive, which invited the community to leave non-perishable goods in provided yellow plastic bags at their door steps, raised 2,135 pounds of food. All of the food was brought to the pantry on Main Street where it was sorted, organized, and shelved appropriately. 

At the spaghetti dinner, which was sponsored by Grampie Bill’s Place, 80 community members came to help raise funds for the pantry, resulting in $456 raised in a single night. “We had a great response for the food pantry and were able to raise some money for them,” said Bill Gibson of the event. Gibson plans to hold a similar event later in the summer.

“It’s a blessing,” said Father Sivret. “Whenever somebody does something to help us out at the pantry, it’s always appreciated.”

The Calais food pantry has been continually expanding to meet the needs of the extended community. It now serves over 800 families with 2-3 new families being added each week.