Volunteers from St. Mary’s Food Pantry will be at Shaw’s in Lewiston and Auburn on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 AM to 3 PM, to collect non-perishable food items to PACK THE BUS! They hope to fill an entire school bus as each location as part of their pre-Thanksgiving food drive. Residents can stop in at the Shaw’s on East Ave. in Lewiston or Center St. in Auburn to help neighbors in need by making a food or monetary donation.
For the past few years, the Pantry has been focusing more on healthy foods and especially, healthy snacks and lunch items for kids. Good donation choices include peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, whole grain crackers and pasta, raisins and other dried fruits, and non-sugary cereals. The Pantry is also looking for items to help fill Thanksgiving boxes – stuffing and gravy would be most helpful. St. Mary’s Food Pantry regularly serves approximately 375 people per week, and expects to serve approximately 250 families during the 3 days before Thanksgiving.
In addition to members of the Food Pantry Advisory Committee and other long-time and new volunteers that help staff the event, Lewiston High School’s JROTC Cadets will help at each Shaw’s location, and Wolfpack Fitness members will help unload all the donated food at the end of the day.
The goal of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, located in downtown Lewiston, is to promote community health through its food pantry, cooking and nutrition education, youth development, and urban gardening programs. More information about the Center’s work can be found at www.stmarysnutritioncenter.org.