Large turnout for Augusta food giveaway illustrates need in central Maine
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Giant turnout for Augusta meals giveaway illustrates want in central Maine

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AUGUSTA — Mike Dietrich was one of many tons of of those who acquired an 18-pound field of native meals from the Farmers to Households occasion Thursday on the Augusta Civic Middle.

Dietrich, 49, mentioned he has been residing on the Finest Western adjoining to the Augusta Civic Middle whereas amassing basic help and navigating authorities applications to gather meals stamps and get into an condominium.

“I attempted to kill myself on June 30,” Dietrich mentioned. “After I got here out (of the hospital), I didn’t have anyplace to go or any cash in any respect.

“I’m getting meals from basic help, so I don’t actually have another meals,” he added. “It will likely be very useful.”

Individuals distribute containers of meals Thursday within the Augusta Civic Middle parking zone. Containers included cheddar cheese, milk, and a bag every of complete and mashed potatoes. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal Purchase this Photograph

In complete, 1,200 containers of meals, containing potato and dairy merchandise from Pineland Farms, had been distributed at Thursday’s occasion that was sponsored by the Augusta Meals Financial institution.

Automobiles snaked down Group Drive and wrapped round a big parking zone, whereas masked volunteers dropped containers into automobiles of attendees.

Augusta Meals Financial institution Govt Director Bob Moore mentioned earlier this week he anticipated an enormous crowd however was shocked when 150 automobiles confirmed up an hour earlier than the occasion began.

“It does positively ship a message that there nonetheless is an amazing want on the market,” he mentioned. “My guess is, with a few of the federal applications stopping, there may be going to be extra of a necessity.”

Moore mentioned he isn’t fearful about a rise in folks needing help, as a result of the meals financial institution’s companions have been “great” with which to work.

When requested if there have been different applications coming sooner or later, he mentioned the meals financial institution has been making a gift of extra meals on Thursdays and the same occasion to the Farmers to Households occasion may come “maybe within the fall.” Moore mentioned an occasion in partnership Good Shepherd Meals Financial institution, dubbed “Meals Cell,” was canceled again in Could because of the coronavirus pandemic, however might return sooner or later.

Individuals distribute containers of meals Thursday within the Augusta Civic Middle parking zone. Containers included cheddar cheese, milk, and a bag every of complete and mashed potatoes. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal Purchase this Photograph

Farmers to Households is a program administrated by the U.S. Division of Agriculture. In line with the division’s web site, greater than 50 million containers have been distributed as a part of the venture and two rounds of funding have raised as a lot as $2.67 billion for this system.

There will probably be one other Farmers to Households occasion in Waterville at 10 a.m. Aug. 11. The occasion is sponsored by the Elks Lodge and can happen close to their lodge at 76 Industrial St.

 

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