Bath food bank raising funds for Thanksgiving meals

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BATH — To ensure that as many people as possible get a good, warm meal this Thanksgiving, the Bath Area Food Bank hopes to provide 150 meals for the occasion.

Those 150 families will get meals with “all the fixings,” food bank Executive Director Kimberly Gates said in an email Nov. 6, adding that her organization must collect or buy turkeys, gravy, stuffing, potatoes, canned pumpkin, boxed pie crust, stuffing, sweet potatoes and canned milk.

Donations can be left at the Bath Food Pantry which, along with a soup kitchen, is part of the food bank at 150 Congress St.

The bank will hold a “fill the bus” food donation event at Shaw’s supermarket, 1 Chandler Drive, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 14.

The next weekend, on Saturday, Nov. 21, “Comedy Relief 2015,” sponsored by Bath Natural Market, will benefit the food bank. The 7:30 p.m. show, at Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., will feature comedians Johnny Ater, Will Green, Tuck Tucker and Anna Conathan, with music by the “Saltwater Hillbilly,” Dennis Doiron.

Funds will go toward the food bank’s efforts to supply Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to Bath-area families.

Tickets are $15, and available by calling the 442-8455 box office, or logging onto

A “Turkey Trot” fundraiser for the food bank will be held Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 26. The event is hosted by Universe Gym and Kids Downunder, 361 High St., with registration between 6:30-7:45 a.m., with the trot at 8 a.m.

Participation costs $20 for adults and $10 for those younger than 18. Food donations are welcome. Registration is available on the food bank’s Facebook page.

The food bank hopes to raise $10,000 from the event, Gates said.

Also getting into the spirit that day is the Midcoast Pizza & More Restaurant, which will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to greater Bath residents for free. Donations and tips go to the food bank.

The meal runs from noon to 2 p.m. at the 737 Washington St. restaurant, and Platinum Plus Taxi – which can be reached at 443-9166 – will provide free rides to those in need.

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Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

Kimberly Gates is executive director of the Bath Area Food Bank, which is raising funds and collecting donations in order to provide complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for Greater Bath residents in need.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.