Bunches of daffodils are offered at Berry Fruit Farm on Main Street in Livermore Falls to support the Tri-Town Ministerial Association Food Cupboard. The Flowers for Food fundraiser, also being held at Otis Federal Credit Union on Main Street in Jay, is back after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser Buy this Photo

LIVERMORE FALLS — The Flowers for Food fundraiser to support the Tri-Town Ministerial Association Food Cupboard is back, after a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bouquets of fresh-cut daffodils are being offered at two businesses to help the food pantry located in the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall, 1 Church St. in Jay. The pantry serves families in Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls.

Berry Fruit Farm at 54 Main St. in Livermore Falls is providing flowers during regular business hours with a jar to collect donations. Otis Federal Credit Union at 170 Main St. in Jay is the other location where people can get bouquets.

“Otis Federal Credit Union may allow the self-serve option there,” organizer Martina Eastman said. “Only four people are allowed inside (the credit union) at a time.”

Depending on the weather, permission has been obtained for one volunteer to be inside the credit union Thursday and Friday or volunteers may be set up outside, she said Tuesday. The daffodils will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

People are encouraged to contribute whatever they are able.

“I want everybody to have daffodils,” Eastman said.

Flowers for Food is a follow-up to the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days. After that ended, local volunteers decided to continue, using the spring flowers to support the food cupboard.

The fundraiser is in memory of Marcel Castonguay who died in 2013.

“I had told him we’d dedicate future sales to him,” Eastman said. “He had done the fundraiser one to two years prior to his death.”

Most of the daffodils came from Clyde Walton’s home originally, but he is no longer living there, Eastman said.

“I planted so many I have enough this year,” she said. “There are at least a dozen per bunch and I add some pussy willows to make it a real spring bouquet.”

The daffodil crop is expected to last another week or two, Eastman said. The daffodils are the freshest available and should last at least a week in the home, she noted.

“It’s a way to cheer people’s homes after the long winter and especially on a day like today,” Eastman said  as snow fell Friday.

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