Aroostook Community Matters - ACAP Creates a Traveling Totes Program

Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 5:18 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - After not getting a grant to help food insecurity, ACAP still stepped up to address the struggle in Aroostook County.

“The travelling tote program is one that we came up with to help children ages five and under,” said Addy Beck-Bell, program nurse and prevention and wellness coordinator.

The children who are involved in their Headstart program get bags filled with necessities.

“We have a team of people who put together food items,” said Beck-Bell. “It could be something as simple as apples and peanut butter or spaghetti and spaghetti sauce.”

Jenna Thorton also helps with the program.

“We don’t know what’s going on in their life, or every day lives,” she said. “So it’s just important you to know to give them a little bit extra like a goodie bag to bring home.”

“It’s hard for parents maybe to try to have meals for their kids to try to have snacks for their kids,” said Beck-Bell. “Parents are working, parents are tired, parents are busy, and these are just healthy snacks that kids can get into their bags and open up and go ahead and have.”

ACAP is always looking for donations to include in the backpacks as well. So, if you would like to donate you can find more information on their website.

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