BURLINGTON — The Burlington Food Pantry was forced to find a new location during the pandemic.
“Give them four of these boxes, and four of the other things as if it were four big families,” said Maureen Bean, director of Burlington Food Pantry.
The Burlington Food Pantry in Penobscot County has been providing food for Mainers for nearly 35 years.
According to the director of the pantry, the property owner announced new plans for the land in December of last year, so they searched for a new home.
“This building was given to us mostly by Ware Butler Lumber, and contractors came in and donated their time,” said Bean. “In short of four weeks, they put this building up in the month of April, and here we are, in our own place.”
With the help of the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine, she said they serve over 300 people every other week.
For each individual or family, they provide just enough groceries for two weeks.
“So they give to us all the fresh produce that can use. We typically order between 2,000-3,000 pounds of produce to distribute each time we are open,” said Bean.
Wendy Wesley is one of the volunteers who has been helping the food pantry since last summer.
“We are here a couple of days during the week too, sorting through all the produce, making up bags and boxes, boxing up the dry goods, and the dairy,” said Wesley.
Volunteers also include a registered nurse who comes once a month as a resource to offer guidance to those who need health insurance and more.
“The reassurance is incredible that people feel when they know that a nurse that helped them with a question,” said Joan Belcher, registered nurse. “Not just an insurance agent, not just someone who is volunteering to help out a little bit a little of everything is going on here.
The Burlington Food Pantry is open every other Friday from 10 am-2 pm.
To make a donation to support the pantry, you can visit their Go Fund Me page.