Support YOUR local food pantry challenge is ON


RIVER VALLEY- November 4 is a big day, not only will you be out to exercise your right to vote for the people and issues that matter most to you, but you will also have an opportunity to show your fellow citizens that you care for their well-being by donating to your local food pantry.

Each town voting area will be equipped with a food station for you to donate your non-perishable food, home goods or monetary item to help support local families.

In the spirit of community, is there one or several businesses in each town that would be willing to step forward and match the donations made to their respective pantry? If you’re willing to step forward for this cause, please contact the Rumford Falls Times so we can inform your town and garner support.

There are six pantries that service citizens throughout the River Valley. Servant’s Heart operates out of the Peru Community Center (former elementary school), GRAMPA Food Pantry, which operates out of the green church basement in Mexico, the Dixfield Common Food Pantry on Common Road in Dixfield, the Canton pantry at the fire station, Praise Assembly of God on Congress Street in Rumford and the Andover pantry operating out of the Congregational Church.

Each of these pantries is operated strictly by volunteers and serves hundreds of people throughout the area whose circumstances range from low income, no income, elderly, disability and family emergency.

Please, consider doing what you can to help out your neighbors by donating non-perishable food, money, home goods and other essentials to your local pantry.

It was recently noted that as of November 1, the GRAMPA Food Pantry will no longer be open on Wednesday evening. They will then only be open during the hours of 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday.

“The pantry is running very low on food and funds, and donations have dropped very much in the past year,” noted Sue Byam. “Anyone wishing to donate my drop off food at the pantry during the hours listed above or mail a check to GRAMPA Food Pantry, ATT: Sue Byam, 163 Main Street, Mexico, Maine 04257.

The Dixfield pantry accepts donations anytime, just call 562-7470 to make arrangements for someone to meet you at their Common Road location.

Servant’s Heart Pantry in Peru  is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The Canton pantry is operated by Lisa Wills and several volunteers. If you would like to donate or be added to their distribution list, please call 597-2236.

The Praise Assembly of God pantry is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon and can be reached by calling 364-3856.



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