The Greater Somerset Public Health Collaborative and United Way of Mid-Maine offer the “adoption” program, which connects local businesses and area food cupboards to improve food security for families. Main Street Skowhegan, Skowhegan Rotary, Madison Business Alliance and Norridgewock Chamber of Commerce have also endorsed the project.Taylor’s Drug Store is eager to take part in the effort. Owner Michele LeBlanc said that the 100 year-old business picks a charity to support each month. “I believe that you get what you give back,” said LeBlanc. “Our customers are loyal and we provide an essential service in our community.” The landmark business maintains a local focus, LeBlanc added. “We know everyone by name, we offer local delivery, and we sell the home medical equipment people need so they don’t have to travel to buy it. Collecting for the Food Cupboard is just the right thing for to us to do. We want to contribute to the health and welfare of local residents both inside the store and in the community.”
Barbara Santiago, chairperson of the People Who Care Food Cupboard said that the food cupboard needs donations. “Each month we serve from 215 to 220 families from five towns and new families are coming in each week. We’ve seen a 10 increase since last year,” Santiago said.
Santiago also said that the Food Cupboard is receiving less donated food from the U.S. Department of Agriculture but does receives financial contributions from the towns it serves and donations from many sources. “We get apples from North Star Apple Orchard, tomatoes from Backyard Farms, bread from Skowhegan Subway and our local Hannaford’s, and food donations from Wal-Mart. Taylor's Drug Store donations will be a big help in stocking our shelves so that we can continue to fill the needs of our clients.”