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Care & Comfort Provides Support to The Living Word Food Pantry
Posted by Care & Comfort on 11/14/2013.
Care & Comfort and the employees of their Dover Foxcroft branch recently donated $ 650.00 to the Living Word Community Food Cupboard as part of the agency’s commitment to giving back to the community though their Jean Fund.
The Living Word Community Food Cupboard is a primary provider of food to people in need in the Dover Foxcroft region. Established over seventeen years ago by the Reverend Tom Bruce, the cupboard has provided millions of pounds of food to individuals, families and seniors in the area. Currently the organization provides food for over 100 families weekly and incurs expenses in excess of $500.00 to do so as they must purchase most items. While able to buy most food at significantly reduced rates from normal retail, they are facing additional costs as the needs in the community are increasing at a disturbing rate. Reverend Tom expressed his sincere gratitude for the support from the C & C staff that will afford over a weeks’ worth of food.
“Right here in Maine one in four children do not know when or where they will get their next meal and Piscataquis County ranks as one of the top 3 in Maine in which children face food insecurity. The statistics for seniors are just as alarming as they struggle with the difficult choice of buying prescriptions, heating oil or food. We are very proud that our staff selected the Living Word to receive this gift” states Lee Jellison, Care & Comfort’s COO. He adds, “Care & Comfort corporate and our employees believe in supporting those organizations in our community that are vital and meet the needs of many. What greater need is there than helping to provide healthy meals for our neighbors?”
An ongoing collaborative fundraising effort between Care & Comfort and its employees, Jean Day lets staff leave their normal work attire at home and wear jeans on Fridays for a $2.00 donation. The company matches every dollar raised and the employees of each branch select the local beneficiary semi-annually.