Feed the Children Helps 400 Maine Families 

Hundreds of hungry families will have soon have more food and essentials, thanks to a special delivery Friday from Oklahoma. The organization Feed the Children sent a caravan of supplies to fill the shelves of local food pantries.Malcolm Kimball won’t pull out of the Manna Ministries parking lot in Bangor until his van is packed with boxes of food and toiletries.He knows just where it will go. As a volunteer for the Corinna food cupboard, Kimball is on the front lines of hunger in Maine. “We’re feeding close to 100 families. A lot of big families – 6, 7 and some 8’s. So the need it getting to be a little more extravagant each month.”Feed the Children in Oklahoma City hopes to meet some of that need. As part of its Americans Feeding Americans caravan, the organization dropped off supplies to Manna, which will help 400 families for at least at week.Volunteers and members of the motorcycle group, Star Tour & Riding Association #483 out of Bangor, then passed them out to area pantries.Carol Lackedy, the director of Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Hermon, says, “It’s great to get the Avon products and personal care products. Those are things we don’t get too much of. So this is a great opportunity for the people that we help.”Star #483 President Victoria Blanchette says “We need to do this every day. I mean this is just a drop in the bucket, like I said. This will only benefit a family maybe a week and a half. We have so many families that are in urgent need of any kind of assistance. So something like this is going to help.”Manna Executive Director Bill Rae says the delivery will mean a difference for those who often have to make the difficult choice between fuel and food. And he hopes it stands as a reminder that hunger and homeless can only be overcome by the community.”It’s not just the winter time that we need to take care of the poor and the homeless. They need to eat all year round, so let’s help keep them fed, all year round.”