GLENBURN — The volunteers from Samaritan Inc. were providing help for the area’s food insecure long before the pandemic came to town.
But now, the number of people using its six food pantries has caused the group to expand.
“For people who work 9 to 5, can’t make it one of the six days,” Samaritan Inc. President James Gerard said.
Local Hannaford and Walmart stores donate food to the pantries.
“So we have food coming in to absorb the extra people from, you know, what’s been happening,” he said.
Gerard said each of the sites has seen an average increase of 20 families per week during the past nine months.
“We’re starting to get a bigger name out there so more people feel comfortable. They come get food at whatever site’s closest to them,” he said.
Peter Gilbert has been a Samaritan volunteer for about a year.
“There’s a demand for food pantries in this area. And just for that, there’s a demand for people working within the food pantry,” he said.
Gerard said COVID-19 changed the way the food is distributed.
“We have everybody sitting in their cars. And it’s touchless. They pull up, pop their trunk. Load the food and they’re off,” he said.
Here is Samaritan Inc.’s weekly schedule. Each location is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday – Hermon Baptist Church, 471 Fuller Road, Hermon
Tuesday – Levant Harvest Chapel, 3531 Union St., Levant
Wednesday – River Church, 146 Center St., Bangor
Thursday – Glenburn Evangelical Church, 911 Hudson Road, Glenburn
Friday – Hudson Baptist Church, 2328 Hudson Road, Hudson
Saturday – Rock Church, 1195 Ohio St., Bangor