Nutrition Center hopes to ‘pack the pantry’

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LEWISTON — The St. Mary’s Food Pantry, located at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine, 208 Bates St., will have a Pack the Pantry event this month.

Donations to the food pantry received from March 15 through March 26 will be matched by Rhode Island philanthropist Alan Feinstein through his nonprofit Feinstein Foundation. Participating charities across the United States will get a cut according to how much is raised and how many charities participated. In 2009, the foundation’s gifts ranged from $250 to $40,000.

The food pantry has been providing emergency food assistance to residents of greater Androscoggin County for more than 20 years. In 2009, 17,394 people were served and 8,998 boxes of food were distributed. The food pantry is open from 9 to 11 a.m. five days a week.

For more information, call the St. Mary’s Development office at 777-8863.

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