BANGOR – On Thursday, the Rotary Club of Bangor will conduct a special food drive to help the less fortunate.
With the threat of food insecurity being as high as ever due to the pandemic, Bangor Rotarians are preparing to do something to help out.
Volunteers will be collecting nonperishable food items at sites in Bangor and Brewer.
Starting that afternoon, donation sites will be stationed at Chapin Park, Fairmount Park and the Brewer Auditorium.
“The food that’s collected at the Brewer Auditorium will be going to the Brewer Food Pantry. The food that’s collected at Chapin Park will be going to the Salvation Army and the food that’s collected at Fairmount Park will be going to Ecumenical Food Bank,” said Jesse Moriarity, a member of Rotary Club of Bangor.
But she said this isn’t just another ordinary food drive.
“We’re actually putting together what we’re calling a caring caravan where we have small groups of decorated cars that will be driving through those neighborhoods thanking people and just spreading a little bit of joy,” said Moriarity.
Moriarty said she’s heard from food pantries in eastern Maine that are struggling to keep their cupboards filled.
“There are days where they are running out of food before they serve everyone so it’s really important that we support them during this time because again, they’re seeing such a huge increase in demand as folks are laid off or underemployed and so it’s really important that we’re able to help them,” she said.
The drive begins Thursday at 3 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.