Dunkin Donuts Collecting Food for Local Families

By Lura Jackson

 

With the onset of cold weather, community members are doing what they can to make their homes and bodies warmer — a task that is made even more difficult for those with limited resources that aren’t able to ensure a steady supply of meals. As an economically challenged area, Eastern Washington County has a high number of families at risk for hunger, illustrated by the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry’s ever-increasing enrollment. More than 800 families from the extended Calais area have signed up as clients at the pantry, a number that has surged in recent years due to the closure of other pantries. To help meet the need of the Calais pantry in providing food to those who are most vulnerable, Dunkin Donuts is holding its third annual food drive to “help feed our community this holiday season.”

This isn’t the first year that Dunkin Donuts has held a food drive for the holidays, but it is the first year that it has engaged its partner store in Machias in a friendly competition to see who can collect the most food, Calais Manager John Cowell explained. The winner will get bragging rights and a “golden” Dunkin Donuts cup trophy for which Cowell is already preparing a place. 

Those who wish to contribute to the food drive at Dunkin Donuts can do so by bringing any non-perishable food goods inside the building during open hours or to the drive through. Donations will be accepted until November 20th, and donors are encouraged to think of needy families who are seeking to prepare traditional Thanksgiving meals for their loved ones.