BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The holiday season is an exciting time for many people, but it can also be a stressful time for Mainers who cannot afford to feed their families. The Blueberry Broadcasting Food Drive has spent the last two days in the Bangor Mall parking lot, collecting food and money to help thousands of families.
“There’s a lot of people in our area and throughout the entire state that are really struggling these days with hunger,” Bangor city councilor Ben Sprague said. “Getting food to people who need it, especially during this time of the year, is just so important.”
Every holiday season, Blueberry Broadcasting has partnered with Manna Ministries for their food drive. But for the first time in 18 years, there is a new partnership.
“We typically leave our food drives to our community partners throughout but where this was a three-day event, and it took a lot to coordinate it together, they asked us to help out and we’re very glad to be here,” said Melissa Huston, director of philanthropy for Good Shepherd Food Bank.
She said her organization is thrilled to be a part of this year’s drive.
“Having a great opportunity to say thank you to folks who support us all year long and for helping us leverage this holiday spirit well past the holidays,” she said.
Huston is asking folks for non-perishable goods and monetary donations. Just $1 is enough to provide four people with a meal.
Hunger is one of the biggest problems facing Mainers year-round, she said. That is why Ben Sprague volunteers his time on Good Shepherd’s board of directors.
“Hunger continues even after the holidays," Sprague said," so anything that people can donate that can be stored and distributed later on in the year is good, too."
Despite Tuesday's freezing temperatures and brutal wind, they stuck it out, because, as Sprague says, "One person can absolutely make a difference."
Good Shepherd will be at that site again Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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