Letter: Food cupboard says thanks

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Macy’s employees have raised food and money for the South Portland Food Cupboard. In late June and early July they raised over $1,000, and Federated Department Stores will match this. What a wonderful surprise for us. These men and women did this all on their own, with no customer involvement. We encourage anyone when shopping at Macy’s in the Maine Mall to thank the employee waiting on you, for their efforts to help those in need in our community. Previously they had given funds raised to the Good Shepherd in Auburn, but wanted a pantry close to South Portland. Jason Hall of the Good Shepherd recommended us and for this we are also very grateful. To be recognized by these well-known organizations is tremendous reward.

We are a very busy food pantry – we shared food with 57 families on Aug. 6 – and are open every Thursday morning from 8:30-11:30 am. Using federal income guidelines as criteria, eligible families can access our pantry once a month. We are very fortunate to be able to offer milk, eggs, meat, fresh vegetables, and personal care items along with canned goods. The food cupboard is staffed entirely by volunteers and can be reached at 874-0379.

Sybil Riemensnider, director
South Portland Food Cupboard