Fort Kent

Stores donate $5,000 to local food bank

FORT KENT, Maine — Paradis Shop ‘N Save’s corporate office donated $5,000 to the Catholic Charities Maine Food Bank recently to help ensure those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have access to food in the local communities where they operate, including Fort Kent, Madawaska and Brewer.

  “This donation is so critical to our efforts during this challenging time,” said Dixie Shaw, director of hunger and relief services at Catholic Charities Maine. “We’re seeing an unprecedented need for food and the demand just keeps increasing the longer the pandemic lasts.”

  “We’re humbled to be in a position to help our friends and neighbors — folks that may have been loyal customers and now find themselves out of work and unsure of how they are going to make ends meet, to many of our elderly citizens who’ve come to rely on food banks,” said Denis Paradis, representative of Paradis Family Supermarkets. “We just want to do our part to make sure no one has to worry about food at a time like this.”

“It’s wonderful to see a Maine family business step up, and we appreciate the trust Paradis Family Supermarkets has placed in Catholic Charities to put such a generous gift to good use. Their donation will immediately impact those who are hungry and turn to us for help,” said Steve Letourneau, CEO of Catholic Charities Maine. 

  The Catholic Charities Food Bank supplies 20+ pantries in Aroostook County and neighboring communities that feed approximately 2,000 individuals each month. In 2019 alone the food bank provided nearly two million pounds of food.   

  Visit www.ccmaine.org/FoodBank to find a list of the community pantries served by the Catholic Charities Maine Food Bank.

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