AUGUSTA — Maine’s first family says the food drive in which donors dropped off non-perishables at the Blaine House has netted 1,568 pounds of goods, nearly triple last year’s total.

Gov. Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage received donations at the governor’s mansion each of the last three Saturdays. The LePages say that food will be filling the cupboards of Mainers in need within the week.

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On Tuesday, a box truck from the Auburn-based Good Shepherd Food Bank picked up the donated food, which will be inspected, sorted and sent to distribution centers in Brewer, Auburn and Portland. It will then be picked-up by food pantries and meal programs.

The governor thanks all of the donors.