St. John Valley

Potato company, parish distribute food to Valley residents

FORT KENT, Maine — As the coronavirus creates fear and uncertainty throughout the world, one Mars Hill business made things a little easier for Aroostook County residents by giving away thousands of pounds of free food.

Pineland Farms Potato Company held a “Drive Thru Box of Food Giveaway” at various locations throughout The County including at the St. Agatha Catholic Church on Tuesday and the St. Louis Catholic Church in Fort Kent on Wednesday. 

Pineland distributed 40-pound boxes containing egg and potato products such as dozens of  boiled eggs, liquid egg products, mashed red potatoes and diced potatoes. 

The business distributed 650 boxes of food in St. Agatha and nearly 1,400 in Fort Kent.

Volunteer Kevin Bernier helps distribute food items at the St.John Vianney Parish parking lot in Fort Kent on Wednesday, April 15. (Jessica Potila | SJVT)

Along with the food items, Pineland shared a booklet containing recipes for meals including red potato quiche, potato pancakes and egg salad.

Volunteers with the St. John Vianney Parish food pantry also distributed food items in the St. Louis Church parking lot in Fort Kent on Wednesday. 

“The food came from the St. John Vianney Parish in partnership with Catholic Charities Maine from their Caribou warehouse,” Robin Belanger, parish office manager, said. “It was all frozen food, including meats to frozen cakes. We distributed to 200 families/households. It was a great success.”

For information about how to obtain food from the St. John Vianney Parish pantry, call the church rectory at 207-834-5656.

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