Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Student-led fundraiser produces $8,000 worth of food for needy families

From Maine-

 “Would you like a carton of half and half?” asked a volunteer who was handing out free food to the needy on Tuesday.

“Oh my, you don’t know how long it’s been since I could afford something like that,” said the recipient.

“Would you like more than one?” asked the volunteer.

The woman considered the question for a moment before waving away a second carton. “No thanks. One will be plenty for me. Thank you so much and merry Christmas,” she said, walking away with a smile and box brimming with food.

Sometimes the simplest things can brighten a person’s day, like a quart of half and half. It’s moments like those that have helped sustain all the volunteers and donors who have kept the Bath Area Mobile Food Truck in operation for the past six years. It costs about $1,000 to fill the truck with food, which is then distributed to between 250 and 325 families on the last Tuesday of every month. That same food would cost $8,000 at a grocery store, according to Kimberly Gates, the organization’s coordinator.

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