Heroes 4 Hunger fills 850 boxes with Thanksgiving meals

Volunteers needed to fill Christmas dinner boxes Dec 21
By Fran Gonzalez | Nov 26, 2019
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Volunteers fill boxes as other volunteers push through the assembly line at the Heroes 4 Hunger event Nov. 23. The effort filled 850 boxes with all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, to be distributed to needy families.

Belfast — The line of volunteers to help the Heroes 4 Hunger annual campaign zigzagged all throughout the Troy Howard Middle School gym Saturday morning, moving, packing and distributing boxes filled with complete Thanksgiving meals for needy area families.

The event is sponsored by Waldo Community Action Partners, a multi-service agency committed since 1965 to addressing hunger in Waldo County.

Community Partners Director Tabitha Lowe said 310 volunteers filled 850 boxes. "I think this is the most we’ve had for Thanksgiving to date," she said.

She is optimistic that there will also be a large crowd for the Christmas food box assembly happening Saturday, Dec. 21, at 6 a.m. at Troy Howard.

"We usually end up with quite a few less volunteers for Christmas, so the more that can come to help, the better," Lowe said.

This year, she said, Heroes 4 Hunger received a grant from Bangor Savings Bank to help with the cost of food. The remainder of the funds were entirely from community donations.

According to Lowe, it costs anywhere between $55,000 and $60,000 for food alone for this project each year.

Donations for the Christmas dinner effort can be sent to WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger Christmas Food Box Project, P.O. Box 130, Belfast, ME 04915, or dropped off at Suite 201 at the Belfast Center, 9 Field St.

Donations can also be made online at waldocap.org. For more information, contact Amanda Simmons at 338-6809, ext. 119, or asimmons@waldocap.org.

"A little goes a long way," Lowe said. "Twenty-five dollars pays for a full box for a family (a turkey and all of the traditional fixings, including fresh fruits and vegetables), so anything anyone is able to give really helps a lot."

What started at 6 a.m., Nov. 23, ended around 7:30 a.m. Volunteers filled 850 boxes with fixings to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Heroes 4 Hunger event. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Volunteers fill boxes as they are pushed through the assembly line Nov. 23 at the Heroes 4 Hunger Thanksgiving dinner campaign. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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