More Mainers Are Hungry, and Mainers Are Stepping Up To Help
Deborah Joy Corey has assembled a collection of essays for a book to support the non –profit she started in 2018 called Blue Angel Maine.
The book is called “Breaking Bread: Essays from New England on Food, Hunger and Family”
That became the title because she said, she found that when collecting people’s stories, memories are the most important things, the food on the table is a minor thing.
Since Deborah Joy Corey started Blue Angel, she has been delivering food to neighbors in Castine and Penobscot. The food she delivers is all donated by local farms, home gardeners, a community garden and local bakers, shops and restaurants.
Deborah Joy Corey told The Ellsworth American
Maine was one of the last states to experience hunger, because it was a farms and fishing state. When that began to change, there started to be hunger issues
When gas prices go up, volunteers have to decline their services in many cases. When grocery store prices spike, more people on the borderline of affording what they need fall behind. And at the same time, fewer people donate to food pantries. They are feeling those price increases every time they shop for groceries.
Meals on Wheels in the Greater Bangor area is operated by Eastern Area Agency of Aging of Brewer, and they often are looking for delivery assistance. When gas prices soar, it is more difficult for many to volunteer their services.
The OHI Brewer Area Food Pantry needs some help. They receive food from local stores and from Good Shepherd Food Bank.. Unfortunately, our suppliers are not able to provide as much because of their own shortages.
That food pantry is operated almost exclusively by volunteers.
They were recently offered an opportunity to receive free weekly food from a local grocery store, and if you have a truck or a van they could use your help getting the food from the store to the pantry.
Or help in delivering food to those that have no other way to get the food. Reach out to OHI Maine.
Back to Deborah Joy Corey, she talked about ‘food insecurity’, which is what it is now called. But it’s really
I’m hungry or I’m starving
It seems we are seeing more and more of it in Maine, and that’s not a good thing. But thankfully many are stepping up and doing whatever they can to help.