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Gorham BackPack Program

Operation Feed Gorham Volunteers: Heather Whitaker (Gorham Middle School), Jim McQuinn (Great Falls), Joan Anderson (Great Falls)  Brandy Waters (parent volunteer), Heather Chadbourne (Great Falls), Deidre Hamblen (Village).

The Gorham BackPack Program has an increase in the number of families they are serving given the pandemic on a weekly basis and the donations are down significantly from previous years. In the first year of operation, they received $19,000 in donations, last year they received $17,000, and this year they have received $6600. They have used the remaining funds that rolled over from last year and now have roughly $3900 left in their account. This means they have funds to purchase one more month of food. 

Community members are encouraged to follow the Gorham BackPack Program on Facebook to receive up-to-date information about thei needs. 

Pick-up Logistics: The BackPack Program is being offered in partnership with the Gorham School Nutrition Program. Families may pick-up one bag per week for each child in their household (regardless of age) at any of the four locations throughout Gorham from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Little Fall Recreation Center, Moody’s Collision Center, Phinney Lumber, and the Friendly Village Community Center, 

Any changes in the nutrition program will be communicated in Superintendent Heather Perry’s blog updates. If you need additional support, please contact the Gorham Food Pantry at 222-4351. 

You can make a difference! The BackPack Program helps Gorham students who are suffering from the effects of hunger by providing nutritious, easy-to-prepare food to eat during weekends and school vacations when those crucial school meals are unavailable. Please consider helping students experiencing food insecurity. Donation checks can be made out to Gorham School Department with BackPack Program written in the memo line. A receipt will be mailed for tax purposes. Please send the checks to Hollis Cobb, Finance Officer, Gorham School Department, 75 South Street, Gorham, Maine 04038.

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