Food pantry collecting donations

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LEWISTON — St. Mary’s Food Pantry will collect food and donations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Shaw’s Supermarkets in Auburn and Lewiston.

A school bus will be in front of each store to hold collected food, which will be given to needy families in Auburn-Lewiston.

During the school year, children are able to access good food through school breakfast and lunch programs. St. Mary’s Food Pantry also provides nutritious snacks to many local schools. However, that demand for food, especially food for families with school age children, increases in summer. The food pantry is using the school bus as a reminder that during the summer months, access to that food is drastically reduced.

Anyone wishing to donate a nonperishable food item may place it in the collection bins at Shaw’s to be placed on the buses. Cash donations may also be made that day to any of the volunteers. Donations allow the pantry to purchase food at a reduced rate through the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

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Donations can be made at any time to St. Mary’s Food Pantry, PO Box 7291, Lewiston, ME 04243.

For more information, contact Mary Ellingwood at 777-8863 or e-mail at mellingwood@stmarymaine.com.

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