Distribution of food boxes in the community planned

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This is one of 209 boxes that Catholic charities distributed on the Presque Isle on Thursday January 4th as part of the Aroostook Agency’s Complementary Food Program for Aging. Catholic charities distribute boxes of groceries each month to those in need in Fort Kent, Van Buren, Caribou, Presque Isle, Mars Hill and Houlton. The cartons typically contain items such as cereal, cheese, dry noodles, and / or canned meat and vegetables. (Melissa Lizotte | Star-Herald)

This is one of 209 boxes that Catholic charities distributed on the Presque Isle on Thursday January 4th as part of the Aroostook Agency’s Complementary Food Program for Aging. Catholic charities distribute boxes of groceries each month to those in need in Fort Kent, Van Buren, Caribou, Presque Isle, Mars Hill and Houlton. The cartons typically contain items such as cereal, cheese, dry noodles, and / or canned meat and vegetables. (Melissa Lizotte | Star-Herald)

Contributed July 29, 2021

Food and good nutrition are important, and whether it’s a restaurant meal, home delivery, or a shelf-life item to add to the monthly grocery budget, the Aroostook Agency on Aging staff can connect the elderly or the disabled too a service that helps them meet their needs.

NEAR ISLE, Maine – Food and good nutrition are important, and whether it’s a restaurant meal, home delivery, or a shelf-life item to add to the monthly grocery budget, the Aroostook Agency on Aging staff can connect the elderly or the disabled too a service that helps them meet their needs.

Frozen meals are prepared in the region every week and packed for home delivery. In addition, in partnership with the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and ME Catholic Charities, efforts are being made to improve the health of qualified individuals aged 60 and over by adding nutritious USDA foods to their diets. In northern Maine communities, food is distributed monthly to those who have signed up for the program.

Thanks to the hard work of people looking after their neighbors, hunger reduction efforts continue every month and nutritious food is delivered to the elderly and others who cannot leave their homes to shop on their own.

For those who can leave their home or have a caregiver or helper to run errands, grocery boxes are distributed monthly in towns across northern Maine. Efforts are made to keep the time of the month and the locations of these events consistent. If the schedule is changed, Aroostook Agency on Aging staff and volunteers will telephone with updated information with nutritionists and their caregivers.

Those interested in receiving a monthly grocery box can call the agency at 207-764-3396 or 1-800-439-1789 to sign up.

Upcoming Senior Commodity Food Program sales events include the following.

Tuesday, August 3

Houlton: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the parking lot of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 110 Military St.

Wednesday 4th August

Fort Fairfield: 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the St. Denis Catholic Church parking lot at 143 Main St.

Mars Hill: 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm in the old high school parking lot at 10 ACI St., Blaine.

Thursday 5th August

Fort Kent: 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the Fort Kent Senior Citizen Center parking lot at 20 Pine St.

Presque Isle: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Pavilion Farmers’ Market car park at 19 Riverside Dr.

Van Buren: 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the American Legion parking lot at 117 Washington Ave.

Friday 6th August

Caribou: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Catholic Charities warehouse parking lot at 14 Old Van Buren Rd.

For a full list of monthly distribution times and locations, or to learn more about home-delivered meals, contact the Aging Agency at 207-764-3396 or toll-free at 1-800-439-1789.

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