Food Pantries Low on Donations This Summer 

An unfortunate summer trend is affecting local food pantries. During this time of year, they tend to be low on food donations, and this year it’s worse than usual.”We’ve gotten by in summers in the past and it seems to rejuvenate in the fall. It just hasn’t been this bad, this is at a new level,” said Dennis Marble, Executive Director at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.At the shelter, the staff relies on food donations to feed their residents, those that come to their soup kitchen for lunch, and families who use their food cupboard.”Simply put, we’re running into what I think a lot of food cupboards are facing which is an increase in demand and a decrease in supply,” said Marble.Elsewhere in Bangor, Manna Ministries is experiencing the same problem.””The shelves have never been this empty, ever. We had a good food drive at the beginning of the summer, but it’s not going to last until the end of the summer,” said Bill Rae, Executive Director at Manna.They give out food to more than 400 families a week. That’s in addition to the meals served at their shelters. With that much food going out, it’s been hard to keep their shelves stocked. Both cupboards are hoping the public will be able to help out.Rae said, “If you don’t want to give to the Greater Bangor Shelter or to Manna, there are pantries in your town. Make a phone call, find out who it is, and take over a loaf of bread or take over a bag of groceries.”They’re pretty confident any pantry could put your donations to good use this summer.Marble said, “I don’t think there’s a food pantry around that would say, ‘No, we don’t need your help right now.'”You can drop off donations at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter at 263 Main Street or call 947-0092 to find out more information.Manna can be reached via phone at 990-2870. You can also drop off donations 24/7 at their shelter at 629 Main Street.