BANGOR - Local agencies are partnering up again this year to collect food for those in need.
The 5th annual United Way Pantry Project kicked off today at Hollywood Casino in Bangor. The United Way is aiming to collect 6,000 pounds of food between now and the end of April, to help hungry residents during Maine's coldest months.
Each December, local artist Allison Strange assembles a holiday-themed sculpture made entirely from the canned goods. The sculpture is then donated by Hollywood Casino to kick off the project.
Non-perishables and personal hygiene items are the most needed goods this year.
Businesses looking to participate can contact the United Way of Eastern Maine by calling 941-2800 extension 254.
Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School. While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant. In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology. When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state. She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!