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Care & Comfort and their Dover Staff Support the Dover-Foxcroft Area Food Cupboard
Posted by Care & Comfort on 01/01/2017.
Care & Comfort and their Staff Support the Dover-Foxcroft Area Food Cupboard
Care & Comfort and the staff of their Dover-Foxcroft office recently presented a monetary gift from their Jean Fund to the Dover Area Food Cupboard to support their ongoing mission of assisting those needing a hand up.
“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 pleased our staff selected the Dover Area Food Cupboard to receive this gift,” remarked Susan D. Giguere, Care & Comfort’s Founder and CEO. She added, “Care & Comfort corporate and our employees believe in supporting 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?”
Early in 2015, the Dover-Foxcroft region faced the very real fact that they may become a community without a food bank after the announcement of the current one closing due to its leader’s retirement. It was then that a group of concerned citizens, community leaders, and businesses united and established the Dover-Foxcroft Area Food Cupboard. Through the tireless efforts of many, the cupboard opened and seamlessly continues providing food. Currently, the organization provides for over 200 families monthly.
The food bank receives its food primarily from Good Shepherd Food Bank, and USDA through Penquis along with help from area supermarkets, food drives, and donations. However, many items must still be purchased, and while they pay significantly reduced rates from regular retail, organizers are facing additional costs as the needs of the community continue to increase at an alarming rate. James Macomber accepted the gift on behalf of the Food Cupboard and expressed his sincere gratitude for the support from Care & Comfort and their staff.
Care & Comfort, one of the State's largest providers of home health care and mental health services, employees nearly 600 people in thirteen counties. "Sadly, there is never a day when we do not encounter an individual or family needing a hand up. Happily through the partnership of municipalities, churches, civic organizations and businesses many can receive one," said Giguere.
The Jean Fund is an ongoing collaborative fundraising effort between Care & Comfort and its employees. Every Friday is Jean Day, and staff may leave their usual work attire home and wear jeans for a $2.00 donation. The company matches every dollar raised, and the employees of each branch select the local beneficiary semi-annually.
Dover-Foxcroft Area Food Cupboard
824 West Main Street
Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
2nd & 4th Thursdays 2:00 - 7:00 pm
contact: James Macomber 207-974-2476