Local food pantries can't keep up with demand

8:24 AM, May 3, 2012   |    comments
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AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Going grocery shopping isn't a luxury for all Maine families.

Local food pantries across the state are having a hard time keeping up with the amount of families that need their help.  At Good Shepherd Food Bank headquarters in Auburn, shelves were bare after the early rush of food pantry volunteers flooded in.  Clara McConnell, Communications Manager for GSFB, says she believes the economy is in large part to blame for the increased need in recent years.

"The support has continued, but the need in the past few years, as I'm sure people can understand, has just continued to grow and remained extremely high," McConnell said. "People who are struggling to find work or are maybe even working two jobs, are still having an extremely difficult time finding money month to month to cover their entire food budget for their entire family."

Our 7th Annual Feed ME event is this weekend to help get those shelves refilled with nutritious food.  We'll be at Hannaford store locations in Sanford, Scarborough, Augusta, Bangor, and Auburn from 7am to 1pm.  We hope to see you there!


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