The Ecumenical Food Cupoard in Milo started in 1992 as a way to provide food for folks in an emergency. A few years later, organizers realized there was more of a need.”We’re at over 10-percent unemployment, the hot lunch is feeding about 78% of the student body,” said Eben DeWitt, chairman of the Board of Directors for the Milo Farmers Union.Two years ago the Milo Farmers Union donated $1000 to the cupboard, and this year, they did the same.”To get this money now, today, is wonderful. It’s going to make a big difference,” said Hope Dyer, a member of the Ecumenical Food Cupboard Committee.Lew and Hope Dyer buy, gather and distribute food cupboard items. The cupboard relies completely on donations like the one from the farmers union.”I but items that are on sale. I’ve bough apple juice for a dollar a jug, I’ve bought hot dogs for $1 a package and I’m always looking for those kind of bargains all the time,” said Lew Dyer.The Dyer’s hope others will follow in the footsteps of the farmers union and make a donation.They say the poor economy is one of the resons so many people in Piscataquis County need their help.” Most of the jobs are in Dover, Bangor. It’s a long drive and some of these, our clients, don’t have cars, they can’t get there to go to a job if they could get a job there,” said Hope Dyer.If you would like to make a donation you can call the Dyer’s at 943-7785 or you can send a donation to United Methodist Church Ecumenical Food Cupboard, c/o Park Street UMC , PO Box 116, Milo, Maine 04463.