Community Funds and Food Assistance
We have reached out to every town in the region to learn what efforts are in place to address basic needs of their citizens. This is what we've heard about so far:
The United Way has established the Very Basics Fund to support organizations that are providing direct service to individuals in need. Many of our friends and neighbors will be affected by COVID-19 and this will help provide food, fuel, shelter, and other basic needs. Click here to donate. If you wish to volunteer with the United Way, visit their website here.
Kingfield has set up a Go Fund Me to raise funds for community support and food assistance, and would welcome you sharing with your network.
The Rangeley community has pulled together to assist everyone who needs help. Rangeley Health and Wellness is providing free Emergency Food Boxes to Rangeley, Oquossoc, and surrounding Plantation community members. These boxes will be available for curb side pick up once a week on Wednesdays from 10:30 am – 3 pm starting April 8th. Pick up location will be at the main entrance of Moose Alley. Donations for this can be made to RHW PO Box 722, Rangeley, ME 04970. For more information, please contact Joanne Dickson at 207-670-5236.
Additionally, several restaurants are banding together to prepare and distribute meals at the Oquossoc Grocery parking lot in Oquossoc and Sarge's Sports Pub in Rangeley. To donate, cash can be delivered to either of the food pick up areas and checks can be mailed to SFCF, P.O.Box 1146, Rangeley, ME 04970.
Stratton Community Volunteers are organizing volunteers and raising funds for their Community Fund via their Facebook page.
The Greater Franklin Food Council is trying to keep this database of local food pantries updated with current hours. Call the pantry ahead to be sure that the hours are current.
If other communities are interested in developing similar projects, please contact us - we are happy to talk with you about how we can assist.