PARIS — Nonperishable foods are piling up in the Town Office, the result of a donation program approved by selectmen about a month ago. 

Town Manager Amy Bernard said residents have brought in between 50 and 70 pounds of food, most of it since the first of the year. 

“It’s been coming in pretty hot and heavy,” she said.

Bags filled with canned soup, beans and vegetables, boxes of pasta, and jars of sauces line the wall near the service counter. Bernard said she’s not surprised with the scale of the response and hoped people will continue to donate year-round.

In December, Bernard told selectmen members of the office staff wanted to make a space for residents to donate food for needy families and individuals in the area.

The food is donated to the Oxford Hills Food Pantry at Christ Episcopal Church on Green Street in Norway. Bernard said office employees intend to bring their first load to the pantry within the next week.

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