Winslow’s Elanco collects food for local pantries

WINSLOW — Elanco Animal Health collected more than 1,000 pounds in one month for the Pantry Project run by United Way of Mid-Maine.
Although the USDA’s estimate of food insecurity in Maine is declining, more than one in five people — or one in four children — in UWMM’s service area are food insecure. In Mid-Maine, about 30% of people make too much money to qualify for assistance programs but not enough money to feed their families; they depend on charitable efforts such as food pantries and soup kitchens.
United Way of Mid-Maine collaborates with local businesses who host the mobile Pantry Shelves each month. Businesses have donated more than $7,000 worth of nonperishable food items to be distributed to eight food pantries and programs throughout Northern Kennebec, Western Waldo and Somerset Counties, amounting to nearly 3,500 meals. “CANstruction” will be a one-day collection event competition between local businesses to create sculptures out of nonperishable items in September.
They estimate the event will collect another 5,000 pounds of food to support local pantries. Any business or organization that would like to host the Pantry Project or participate in the CANstruction contest may call 207-873-0686.