GLENBURN – A mobile food pantry that provides meals to more than 2,000 people each month in the Greater Bangor Area could use some Good Samaritans this time of year.
Every Thursday at the Glenburn Evangelical Church, Ryan Hills and Sally Ann Rancourt help give out food as part of Samaritan Inc.
“We have over 80 volunteers and not one of our volunteers receives a dime,” says Rancourt, a secretary for the non-profit.
Both are quick to tell you their favorite part about serving.
“The people,” said Hills, volunteer and fundraising leader for Samaritan Inc. “I love coming every Thursday and getting to know the people, there’s always someone new you meet.”
“The people,” Rancourt agreed.
Samaritan Inc. operates as mobile food pantry which serves those in need of food and clothing.
It delivers food to local churches which then distribute them out on a select day during the week.
“Not only are our volunteers, they are terrific,” said Pastor Steve McDonald of Glenburn Evangelical Church, “but just meeting new people and just serving people in the community and beyond, it’s a joy to do that.”
But their mobile methods have run into a problem.
“We have a vehicle now that is not getting us where we need to go,” says Hills.
The old refrigerated vehicle has grown old, tired and beyond repair.
Now the group has resorted to using a U-Haul truck to transport their food from church to church.
“When we have food that is left over everyday,” he said, “we either have to throw that out, or not carry it to the next site.”
Organizers say this could be even more of a problem when warmer weather sets in.
“Without the truck,” said Rancourt, “Samaritan Inc. can’t function any longer.”
“It would really, really hurt the communities that we do serve, no question in my mind,” she added.
“If we have a refrigerated unit and the food say that we have from today, will go the next site,” said Hills.
Now they are asking for help from the community to raise $30,000 dollars for their new truck to make sure local residents can still get the food they depend on.
“It’s amazing the food insecurities in our area,” said Rancourt, “the need for it is so great.”
If you would consider donating, you can head over to the Samaritan Inc. Facebook page and send them a message.
They are also in need of volunteers and truck drivers during the week.
The current location schedule is as follows:
Monday – Hermon Baptist Church (2496 Rt. 2, Hermon)
Tuesday – Harvest Chapel Church (3531 Union St., Levant)
Wednesday – Wesleyan Church (146 Center St., Bangor)
Thursday – Glenburn Evangelical Church (911 Hudson Rd., Glenburn)
Friday – Hudson Baptist Church (2328 Hudson Rd., Hudson)
Saturday – The Rock Church (1195 Ohio St., Bangor)
All food pantries begin serving at 10 a.m.