There are many heroes in our Heroes for Hunger Program

For over twenty years People for People/Heroes 4 Hunger has served Waldo County by providing a holiday meal to families who need a little extra help over the holidays. Waldo CAP has been honored to coordinate this project since 2016 when founding organization People for People closed its doors. Each year community members have generously donated to fund this special event. Hundreds of volunteers packed boxes and delivered to homes all over the county. We have always been so inspired and encouraged by the community’s support of this project.

This year COVID 19 changed everything. No longer would we be able to gather our volunteers in one place and serve our community in this hands-on way. However, the goal remained the same – to provide holiday food boxes to those in need.  This required us to reengineer the project.

Waldo County is fortunate to have many small, locally owned grocery stores who serve seniors, low income people, and those with transportation limitations all year long. Could they purchase the items for the boxes, pack the boxes and make them for available for families? We asked Tozier’s in Searsport, Unity Shop N’ Save, and Wentworth Family Grocery in Brooks and Northport if they could help.  And they said yes!

The 750 Thanksgiving boxes and 1100 Christmas boxes assembled by the stores were either delivered or available for pickup.  This was a herculean effort and we’d like to recognize them for their accomplishments.  There were many people who helped make the project successful: the business who provided the boxes, our donors, the many volunteers who helped deliver the boxes, our own staff and volunteers, and more. But the real heroes in the Heroes 4 Hunger program this year are the small locally owned grocery stores who stepped up when asked to help.  We could not have done this without them.  Please remember the generosity of Tozier’s, Unity Shop N’ Save, and Wentworth Family Grocery the next time you are shopping.

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