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Summer is here and the Belgrade/Rome Food Pantry is busy supplying food and household items to its many clients. Located at the North Belgrade Community Center, 508 Smithfield Road (Route 8), we are open every Tuesday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Any resident of Belgrade or Rome who feels the need is encouraged to visit.
For all the summer visitors — please remember us when you are leaving Maine at the end of your stay. When you are emptying your cupboards remember we have collection boxes at the Belgrade Lakes Post Office, the Belgrade Post Office, and the Belgrade and Rome Town Offices. Also, remember we have a bottle redemption box available for all residents at the Belgrade Transfer Station for you bottle deposits. Monetary contributions can be made directly to the pantry at Belgrade/Rome Food Pantry, P.O. Box 236, Belgrade ME 04917 or by sending a contribution to Good Shepherd Food Bank, Auburn ME and designating your donation be given to the Belgrade/Rome Food Pantry.
Food insecurity is a major concern in Maine — 16% of the households; 24% of our children and 23% of our seniors fall within these numbers The Belgrade/Rome Food Pantry has been operating for 25 years to serve these neighbors by distributing food and household items.
Last year the pantry serviced approximately 40 families/110 clients each month who were provided with food and household items to last them a week, along with our annual Holiday Baskets. The Food Pantry accepted donations of over 6,300 food items and other necessities, purchasing approximately 30,000 items and distributing over 33,000 items to almost 90 registered families. These figures do not include the many miscellaneous items acquired thru government donations, Good Shepherd deliveries and fresh produce.
Thank you to all of our volunteers, the towns of Belgrade and Rome and all the individuals, businesses, churches and organizations who help to make these services possible. We are always trying to reach out to those in need — please share this information with others. Enjoy the summer!