500 Mainers Volunteeer In Bangor To Help Fight Hunger
It looked like a a factory at the former Circuit City building in Bangor, but people of all ages weren’t working, they were volunteering in hopes of fighting hunger. Over the course of the day, hands big and small worked in an assembly line to pack 100,000 meals for starving children abroad. “Occasionally we have volunteers that ask us, you know, why don’t you have an automated process, you could pack so many more meals, but unfortunately, machines don’t have hearts and don’t have minds to think about what’s happening here and there’s no awareness that takes place,” said Corey Barrette, MobilePack Supervisor with Feed My Starving Children. After a year of fundraising, Meals From Maine, a local non-profit, raised almost $30,000, the cost to host a “Feed My Starving Children” food packing event.”We raise the money for the food and they bring the food up. They run the sessions and then we partner also with global aid network and they’re the ones that will actually ship it out to the countries that need the food,” said Beverly Kostusyk, coordinator for Meals From Maine.”This is literally scientifically formulated to be a power packed meal that is aimed at restoring someone’s physical health that is currently maybe going to starve to death,” said Barrette. But it’s not just an international effort, there was also a food drive, “We are sensitive that we have hungry right here and so we want to help as much as we can to local food cupboards,” said Kostusyk.The second time holding the event, Meals From Maine is making a difference.”You hear about that children are starving and you want to do something and you can send some money, but to actually put the food together knowing that this is the food that’s going to go when it leaves your hand and is going to go to a family’s life and going to make a difference between life and death and there’s nothing like that feeling,” said Kostusyk.”I’m having a very good time. Me and my brothers are going to leave happy today,” said 11-year-old Eli Knight, one of the 500 volunteers at the food packing. “I love this town. The people here are sincere. They’re down to earth. This is a community that works hard to take care of one another and it’s awesome,” said Barrette.