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Feed the Need Little Pantry to hold ribbon cutting ceremony, food drive

MADAWASKA, Maine — The St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Feed the Need Little Pantry that was recently installed at the Madawaska Public Library as part of a Girl Scout Silver Award project done by Samantha Thomas. 

The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, outside the Madawaska Public Library. In addition, Girl Scout Troop 161 will conduct a food drive from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

“The Chamber is proud to support the efforts of Samantha Thomas, Cadette Girl Scout, Troop 161, who has undertaken this Silver Award project focus,” Sharon Boucher, chamber executive director, said in a press release.

As part of earning her Silver Award, Thomas had to come up with some sort of project that would help better the community. She landed on the idea of a food pantry to be placed in public for all to access free food if they need it. 

The pantry is located at the Madawaska Public Library, and will be open all day, every day.  In the summer months, Thomas plans to make all nonperishable foods available, but in the winter months will remove items that can freeze. 

Items available at the pantry — and needed as donations — include nonperishable foods, dog and cat items, baby items, hygiene items and school supplies.

Those interested in attending the ribbon cutting ceremony Friday can also bring nonperishable food items to help stock the pantry. 

On Oct. 17, the Girl Scouts in Troop 161 will go door-to-door from 19th to 26th avenues, and will also have a trailer located in the Subway parking lot where nonperishable food donations will be accepted.

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