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Catholic Charities Maine Sees Increasing Need Throughout the County

Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 6:55 PM EST
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - As the pandemic continues, so does the need for food throughout The County. Today, Catholic Charities held a food box giveaway in Presque Isle.

As the holiday season approaches, Catholic Charities Maine has received enough food boxes for 7 total giveaways in the county. Food was provided through a partnership with the Maine Farmers Exchange.

“MFX was working with the people in Maryland that received a contract for, what is this… this is November-December and they were able to get 7 loads of them to come up to the County. It’s been really really cold, but really really needed. So many people… I just wish we had more. This is a federal program through the USDA… and as far as I know, this is it.”

To this point, Dixie Shaw adds the Maine Farmers Exchange has been unable to solidify a new contract. Despite what volunteers say…is a need unlike any other throughout the county.

“The need is clear. If you were here at 7 o’clock, there already was a line of cars going out to the street and it’s only winding down now.”

“Well I think given the times, you know this time of year, there is just an increased need this year in particular. It’s a great benefit to the community and we’re glad we can help out any way we can.”

“The need is tremendous. Especially in rural areas like this. I am just blown away with what I’ve seen. The appreciation, the gratefulness. People need this and they’ve needed this desperately and I hope and pray that we can get more.”

Catholic Charities will hold two more giveaways on December 1st at the Pavilion in Fort Kent at 9:00 a.m. and at Caribou High School on December 2nd at 9:00 a.m.

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