The Star-Herald

July community food box distributions

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Getting food and good nutrition is something all people need to remain  healthy and happy. Whether it is a meal in a dining center, one delivered to the home, or a shelf stable commodity to help extend the monthly food budget, staff at the Aroostook Agency on  Aging can connect older persons or those who are disabled to a service that will help meet their  needs.

Every week frozen meals are being prepared and packaged for home delivery around the region. On top of that, in partnership with the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and  Catholic Charities of ME, efforts are made to improve the health of qualifying persons at least 60  years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA foods. Commodity food items are  distributed monthly in communities throughout northern Maine to persons who have enrolled  in the program. 

Thanks to the hard work of people who care about their neighbors, the effort to reduce hunger  continues every month and nutritional food is being delivered to older persons and others who  are unable to leave their homes to shop on their own. 

For those who can leave their home or who have a caregiver or helper who can run errands, food  box distributions are set up in towns throughout northern Maine on a monthly basis. Efforts are  made to keep the time of month and the locations of these events consistent. If the schedule is  changed, staff and volunteers with the Aroostook Agency on Aging make telephone calls to nutrition recipients and their care partners with updated information. 

Persons who are interested in receiving a monthly food box are encouraged to contact our office  at 207-764-3396 or 1-800-439-1789 to enroll. Upcoming July distribution events include: 

Friday, July 1: 

CARIBOU — The regular Senior Commodity Food Program distribution takes place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot of the Catholic Charities warehouse at 14 Old Van Buren Road.

Tuesday, July 5: 

HOULTON — The regular Senior Commodity Food Program distribution takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on 110 Military Street.

Wednesday, July 6: 

MARS HILL — The regular Senior Commodity Food Program distribution takes place from 12:30 to  1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Mars Hill Community Center at 10 ACI Street.

FORT FAIRFIELD — The regular Senior Commodity Food Program distribution takes place from 2  to 2:30 p.m. at the St. Dennis Catholic Church parking lot at 143 Main Street.

Thursday, July 7: 

PRESQUE ISLE — The regular Senior Commodity Food Program distribution takes place from 10 to  11 a.m. at the Pavilion farmers’ market parking lot at 19 Riverside Drive.

FORT KENT — The regular Senior Commodity Food Program distribution takes place from 9:30 to  10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Fort Kent Senior Citizen Center at 20 Pine Street.

VAN BUREN — The regular Senior Commodity Food Program distribution takes place from 1 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the American Legion at 117 Washington Avenue.

Monday, July 25: 

MADAWASKA — The regular Senior Commodity Food Program distribution takes place from 8 to  10 a.m. in the Four Seasons Trail Association parking lot at 425 Spring Street.

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