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Food and books
Gardiner, Maine:
The Gardiner Library Association is proud to be a partner in a new program called Food For Thought.  This grassroots organization grew from a concern of members of several churches in the Greater Gardiner Community.  In these tough economic times community families are struggling to support their families and to, literally, put food on their tables.

After a brainstorming meeting, they came up with an idea to work with our local school district, RSU#11 to identify these families and give them a helping hand.  What makes this project so unique is that not only are they feeding the bodies, but they are feeding the minds as well.  The group has decided to use a “backpack” model” to get the food to the families.  The Gardiner Library Association will be adding a children’s book into every backpack that is being assembled.
Food For Thought had the interest and cooperation of RSU #11’s Superintendent, Patricia Hopkins and the Director of Food Services, Mike Flynn immediately. The school board gave the official, enthusiastic support at a meeting in early November.  Members also met with Sharon Coffin of the Good Shepard Food Bank, and she has a program already in place with revolving menus and plans to arrange for the food to be delivered.  Please visit for more information about the plans.
The organization now has been given enough support and donations to feed 10 children every weekend in each of the four elementary schools until school ends in June 2012.  The food is delivered and stored at the Gardiner Free Methodist Church on the corner of Winter Street and Highland Avenue.  The food will be packed into gallon plastic bags Wednesdays or Thursdays and delivered to the schools where the items will be discreetly packed into the backpacks to go home with the children that the principals and their chosen staff decide may have  the greatest need.  On Wednesday, December 14th at 7PM, members of Food For Thought and the library will begin this great endeavor of getting food and books to families that need help the most.  For more information, or if you would like to make a donation to this project please contact Food For Thought member, Connie LaFlamme at 582-6389 or Gardiner library director, Anne Davis at 582-3312.  

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