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BREWER SCHOOLS DONATE A TON OF FOOD TO LOCAL FOOD PANTRY

By Rich Romero
OHI Resource Developer

OHI, HERMON, Maine – Brewer schools donated more than one ton of food to the Brewer Area Food Pantry the week before Thanksgiving.

Dennis McGrath and the fifth-grade class at the Brewer Community School held a school-wide turkey drive. The group raised more than $1,400, which they used to purchase 110 turkeys. Teacher and students arrived at the food pantry Nov. 20 with the turkeys and $105 in remaining cash and checks to donate.

FOOD PANTRY CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY;
GEARS UP FOR DISTRIBUTING HOLIDAY BASKETS

By Rich Romero
OHI Resource Developer

OHI, HERMON, Maine – As the Brewer Area Food Pantry nears its one-year anniversary later this week, Nickerson & O’Day, Inc., again partners with the OHI-run operation to distribute more than 100 holiday baskets to local people and families.

The BAFP opened Nov. 25, 2013, and distributed 28 holiday baskets on its first day. Nickerson & O’Day donated more than 1,000 pounds of food at that time to help stock the shelves and storeroom.

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NEW BREWER STORE AIMS TO TURN DEALS INTO MEALS

By Rich Romero
OHI Resource Developer

HERMON, Maine – A new thrift store opens Oct. 28 in Brewer and the team behind it is on a mission to turn deals into meals.

Bonnie’s Bargain Basement, located downstairs from the Brewer Area Food Pantry at 222 North Main Street, is a local nonprofit organization’s vision for the long-term sustainability of the food pantry. Both are owned and operated by OHI, a Hermon-based nonprofit providing supports and services to adults with intellectual disabilities and mental illness.

rotary-bowl-offKen Kimball (center), Bangor Breakfast Rotary Club member, and Brenda Leavitt (right), OHI project manager, accept a check for $6,500 for the Brewer Area Food Pantry from the Bangor Kiwanis Club Saturday during a charity Bowl Off.

ROTARY CLUB DONATES $6,500 TO FOOD PANTRY

By Rich Romero
OHI Resource Developer

HERMON, Maine – The Bangor Breakfast Rotary Club donated $6,500 to the Brewer Area Food Pantry with money it received in the Bangor Kiwanis Bowl Off Oct. 4.

The donation is the single largest donation to the Brewer Area Food Pantry since it opened in November 2013.

FOOD MOBILE TO BRING EMERGENCY FOOD TO BREWER

By Rich Romero
OHI Resource Developer

OHI, Hermon – Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Food Mobile will be distributing around 7,000 pounds of food, including fresh produce, an assortment of meats, essential non-perishable items, and breads to people in need in the Brewer area.

Anyone in need of emergency food assistance in Brewer and Eddington and the surrounding area is welcome to attend 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 19, at the end of Acme Road in the ice skating rink parking lot in Brewer.

OHI OFFERS DISABLED ADULTS SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE

By Rich Romero
OHI Resource Developer

OHI, Hermon – About 100 people, most of whom are from OHI, descend upon Camp Capella in Dedham for a five-day summer camp experience Sunday to Thursday.

For the past four years at the lakeside summer camp on Phillips Lake, OHI rents the use of the camp and its facilities to offer adults living with disabilities an affordable summer vacation. OHI employees, volunteers and board members act as camp directors, counselors, activities directors and cooks.

bsb-foundation-presentationFrom left to right, Bonnie-Jean Brooks, OHI president and chief executive officer; Ron Roope, Bangor Savings Bank senior vice president, senior commercial relationship manager; and Brenda Leavitt, OHI project manager and Brewer Area Food Pantry co-manager.

FOUNDATION AWARDS BREWER FOOD PANTRY $5,000 GRANT

By Rich Romero
OHI Resource Developer

HERMON, Maine – The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Brewer Area Food Pantry, operated by OHI.

“This grant award from our foundation to OHI and the Brewer Area Food Pantry signifies our commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve,” said Stacey Haskell, Bangor Savings Bank vice president and community relations manager. “Bangor Savings Bank understands hunger is a significant issue for many Maine citizens and having local resources such as the Brewer Area Food Pantry is critical in helping distribute food to those in need.”

blog-photo-empty-bowlBrewer High School art department sophomores on June 5 present checks totaling $556 to Rich Romero, OHI resource developer and Brewer Area Food Pantry co-manager. Pictured from left to right are Michael Collins, Romero, Emma Reynolds and Tyler Williams.

HIGH SCHOOL DONATES MORE THAN $556 TO FOOD PANTRY

By Rich Romero
OHI Resource Developer

HERMON, Maine – The Brewer High School art department and Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause on June 5 donated $556 to the Brewer Area Food Pantry, operated by OHI.

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OHI HOSTS OPEN HOUSE DEC. 11 FOR BREWER AREA FOOD PANTRY

By Rich Romero
OHI Resource Developer

HERMON, Maine – OHI hosts an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Brewer Area Food Pantry 1-4 p.m. Dec. 11 at 222 North Main Street, Brewer.

Operated by OHI and staffed by community volunteers, the facility supports residents of Brewer and Eddington, and marks the return of a food pantry to those communities after 15 months without. The previous Brewer Christian Food Cupboard, operated by a local church, closed in late summer 2012.

OHI and Brewer Area Food Pantry Offers Thanksgiving Turkeys

BREWER AREA FOOD PANTRY OPENS NOVEMBER 25 OFFERING 50 TURKEYS IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING

By Rich Romero
OHI Resource Developer

HERMON, Maine – A local nonprofit agency plans to open the Brewer Area Food Pantry in time for the Thanksgiving holiday and distribute 50 turkeys among other food to qualifying residents.

Located at 222 North Main Street, the opening marks the return of a food pantry to the communities of Brewer and Eddington after a 15-month absence of such a charitable resource. The pantry distributes food 10 a.m. to noon on opening day. A community Open House is planned for 1-4 p.m. Dec. 11.