BANGOR – Employees at Bangor’s StateFarm location are teaming up with local restaurants to not only help the businesses during this time, but medical workers too.
“I think like most people we are struggling to find a way that we can help other than just staying at home and staying out of the way,” said Bill Tisdale, a StateFarm agent.
Tisdale and his team wanted to support workers who continue to support them.
“So we came up with the idea of trying to support them as well as the medical community by buying lunch and sending it to the folks who are working endless hours trying to get ahead of this thing and keep Mainers safe,” he said.
From the kitchens of restaurants in the Bangor/Orono area, to the frontline workers at St. Joseph Hospital, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and Penobscot Community Health Care, Tisdale and his team have delivered more than 100 meals.
“We see them. We support them. We’re behind them 100 percent,” Tisdale said.
Through a touchless delivery process, Tisdale said he and his team purchase the food, and the restaurants safety drop it off from a distance. He said there is no direct contact and everything is individually wrapped so employees get their own meal.
The response has been overwhelmingly positive, according to Tisdale. Some workers, he said, are working 14- to 16-hour shifts.
“Something as small as a sandwich or a pizza goes a long way just to remind them that the community is behind them,” he said.
Tisdale is hoping to get even more community support to keep this initiative going. He said you can reach out to his Facebook page to help in any way you can.
But Tisdale said during it all, it has shown what truly makes us Mainers.
“They always say it takes a crisis to show who people really are and I’m proud of who we’ve shown who we are during this time,” he said.