Store’s grant funding assists food pantries

CARIBOU, Maine — A local lumber and building supply dealer will donate $5,000 to help local food pantries and soup kitchens provide for those in need.

The second quarter of the S.W. Collins Co. 2020 grant program will look different than previous quarters, in that the token voting has been temporarily suspended during the pandemic. Typically, the grant is awarded at the end of the quarter in July; however, the funds will be donated immediately during this time of greatest need. 

Recipients include Greater Fort Kent Area Ecumenical Food Pantry, St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Eagle Lake, Bread of Life Soup Kitchen in Caribou, Caribou Ecumenical Food Pantry, Grace Interfaith Food Table in Presque Isle, Freedom Church in Mars Hill, St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Houlton, Adopt A Block Aroostook, Lincoln Regional Food Cupboard and Springfield Community Chapel Food Cupboard.

“Food insecurity is greatest during these times,” said Sam Collins, company president. “We hope our contribution provides some of the essential food and supplies to those most in need.”

  The third quarter will return to reviewing applications with a deadline of June 15, 2020. 

For applications visit the website at or contact Leslie Jackson at 207-496-6723 or email for more information.  Mail applications to S.W. Collins Co., P.O. Box 70, Caribou, ME 04736, email to or drop them off at your local store. 

The business has locations in Lincoln, Houlton, Presque Isle, Caribou and Fort Kent. 

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