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As vaccines are being distributed and businesses and nonprofits are starting to reopen, some want to make sure people know they are open

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 6:50 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -As vaccines are being distributed and businesses and nonprofits are starting to reopen, some want to make sure people know they are open.

Charlene Buzza says she’s seen a dip in the number of families they typically see, from the typical 24-36 families, to 15-20.

“Well I’m afraid that they might think that we’re not open. We are not letting anyone come in and shop like we used too but we are putting up boxes and taking it out to their cars and hopefully putting in things that they need, pretty staple foods that we put in. I don’t know whether they’ve moved out of the area, whether the stimulus is taking care of their needs but I do worry that we have seen that few people.”

Meanwhile Donna Pelletier, who manages the Limestone food pantry, says that they’ve had an increase in people needing food. She says the numbers are 3 times what they typically see and have been since the pandemic hit. She says that she has mostly seen people over 60 using the pantry. She says she’s been surprised she hasn’t seen younger people with kids as they had seen them more before the pandemic. But either way, she and the other pantries say they are working to be ready for whatever the need.

“It’s very important getting food to people that are in need of it and may need assistance due to the pandemic,” said Marissa Carpenter, a volunteer for GIFT.

If you or someone you know if in need of food, contact your local food pantry or town office.

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