United Way beats food collection goals

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PORTLAND — The United Way’s Pantry Project more than doubled its food collection goals, the non-profit announced on Monday.

The group collected 860 boxes of food since December, surpassing its goal of 400 boxes. The food was collected by placing specially branded boxes and shelves at 22 companies in greater Portland.

Each box holds about 27 meals, meaning the United Way will distribute 23,200 meals through the Preble Street Resource Center this year.

The United Way sought to increase its food collection efforts to coincide with the expansion of food programs and the opening of Portland’s Florence House.