WCAP seeks volunteers to help pack holiday food boxes

Nov 09, 2018
WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger volunteers Molly Ross and Pamela Lynam pose for a photo during the 2015 Holiday Food Box Christmas assembly.

Belfast — Waldo Community Action Partners’ Heroes 4 Hunger program needs help with one of the area's largest annual collaborative efforts — WCAP's annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Box projects.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, and again on Saturday, Dec. 15, the Troy A. Howard Middle School gymnasium in Belfast will be filled with enough food to feed nearly 1,000 households in Waldo County.

WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger invites community members, their families and friends to help pack that food into cartons for distribution. It takes over 250 volunteers to help pack and deliver the 36 tons of food that the project distributes to the community each year. Packing begins at 6 a.m. each day; to help, just show up.

The food for this project is supported totally by donations from the community. All are welcome to sponsor a family for the holidays; a gift of $25 will buy a box of food with a turkey and enough fixings to feed a large household. In a store, the equivalent would cost a family almost $40 — money that could be put toward fuel or other critical end-of-year needs. All donations are put entirely toward food to fill the boxes.

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

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

Waldo Community Action Partners is a charitable, educational, private nonprofit organization based in Belfast. It is designed to mobilize and use public and private resources to assist low-income Waldo County residents, alleviate poverty and address its underlying causes.

WCAP’s mission is “building strong families and communities by empowering people to achieve economic independence and self-reliance.”

For more information, visit waldocap.org or call 338-6809.

 

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