BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter helps people in need during some of their most difficult times. Now the homeless shelter needs help from the public because it needs more food.
Executive Director of the homeless shelter Dennis Marble said there has been about a 30 percent increase in the amount of people who use the shelter a month, but the shelter has struggled to keep up with the demands.
Marble said the shelter does not purchase food because it is not in its budget. It relies on donations and food drives, and usually receives enough food to last during the summer months, but this year it has received fewer donations than usual.
"We've gotten by in the summers in past and then it seems to rejuvenate in the fall, it just hasn't been this bad. This is a new level to the point where the local FEMA advisory board, which is supported by United Way, has agreed to take on this topic of food distribution at our next monthly or quarterly meeting," Marble said.
Marble said people can donate food at the homeless shelter.