2017-11-10 / Local

Help firefighters ‘stuff a truck’ for MCHPP

The Times Record

BRUNSWICK

Brunswick firefighters are “stuffing a truck” and they need your help.

The “Stuff a Truck” food drive, which will benefit Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick, will take place from noon to 7 p.m. today in the parking lot of Hannaford Supermarket on Elm Street.

Brunswick firefighters will have a fire truck at the event, and Hannaford will have a tractor trailer to fill. Firefighter Scott Dunn said Bowdoin College sports teams are on board and are competing to see who can donate the most food in pounds, all to help MCHPP.

MCHPP Executive Director Karen Parker, said this time of year, particularly in November and December, the program’s food pantry distributes Thanksgiving meals and all the fixings to 600 families before the holiday. Included are non-perishable food items and vegetables like potatoes and carrots.

“It takes a lot of extra food to make that happen,” she said.

A food drive this time of year helps replenish food for the food pantry at a time when it is going through an incredible amount of inventory.

Parker noted that MCHPP is providing families this year with gift cards to purchase the protein for their Thanksgiving meal instead of turkeys. Some people don’t like turkey, some prefer ham, some are vegetarians or have dietary or other food restrictions.

While MCHPP usually sees an uptick in demand in the winter months, November through January, the four months from June through September was the busiest the food pantry has had in 11 years. Parker still expects an increase this winter.

“We’ve had in increase in the food that we rescue form the local grocery stores and from the farmers so we’ve been able to keep up with the demand,” she said.

Much of the food MCHPP gives out is locally grown produce. Parker also noted that Kennebec’s Restorative Community Harvest recently donated 2,000 pounds of potatoes.

“It’s interesting to see all the ways in which the community supports us,” she said.

Fortunately MCHPP didn’t lose any food as a result of the storm last week that knocked out power. The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation gave the organization money for a generator, so its operations didn’t miss a beat.

The MCHPP is asking only for non-perishable items and has a wish list of high priority item that are distributed to clients every week. These items currently include canned soup, peanut butter, mac & cheese, meal in a can (Ravioli, beef stew, Spaghetti O’s, etc.); healthy boxed cereal (Cheerios, Raison Bran, etc.), canned cranberry sauce and canned fruit.

This food drive will support the food bank as it enters the holiday season.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program works to reduce hunger by providing food assistance, strategies for sustainable living and referral services to households living at or below poverty in the greater Brunswick area. For more information, visit MCHPP.org.

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