June 10, 2016

Windham helps feed the hungry with the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine - By Michelle Libby

On Wednesday morning volunteers gathered around a Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine truck to dole out 2,000 pounds of food to those in need from Windham and beyond at the Windham Food Pantry. More than 100 families were given everything from frozen apple sauce to pasta, fresh tomatoes and pastries. 

“I’ve never seen this many people for this,” said volunteer Harrison Wood. By 10 a.m. when the event opened, there was a line of people and the entire lot and grassy area in front of the social services building was pack with cars. The event went until 11:30 a.m. 

“It’s for everybody. They’re getting a lot of food,” said Colette Gagnon, the social services director who has been organizing the food giveaway for five years, she said. 

The volunteers were mostly from Windham with the most notable one being town manager Tony Plante. 

“It’s good and bad. It’s good it’s here. It’s sad that it’s so necessary,” he said. 

The event will hopefully happen again in the fall. Gagnon petitions Good Shepherd for them to come here. 

“It’s so much food, it’s great,” said one woman. 

The Windham Food Pantry holds senior days the first Monday of every month where seniors can pick up food. The clothes closet s open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The social services building is located at 377 Gray Road.

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