HALLOWELL — Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center recently received a donation of food and funds from the Finance Authority of Maine office in Augusta, according to a news release from the center. The donation will help feed those seniors who do not qualify for other food programs in the area. “Without the initial support of the FAME employees, we would not have been able to assist those seniors in need of a little bit of help to get them through until their next check arrives. The lyrics to the song “we get by with a little help from our friends” couldn’t be further from the truth, especially during the holiday season” said Nutrition Coordinator Lynda Johnson in the release.

The Charitable Giving Committee is made up of FAME staff dedicated to the betterment of the community. FAME staff donates their time and resources toward achieving this goal. The committee focuses on helping not-for-profit organizations that rely on outside assistance and conduct programs that are making a difference in our community. Each quarter, FAME focuses its energies on assisting a different organization in the community.

“We feel, especially during the holiday season, that it’s important to remember all members of the community, especially our elderly neighbors. Because many of us have aging parents, we hate to think that some might have to choose between food, medication and heating their homes. When the committee heard about Spectrum Generations, we were impressed that they are starting a food bank for those at or just above the poverty line who don’t qualify for assistance but still need help making ends meet,” said Tracey Martin, Customer Service Associate at FAME, in the release.

“In order to raise money for November, FAME held a bake sale with breakfast items. Each member of the committee, along with other staff, donated food items that they made. Instead of charging a set price, we requested in return for a great breakfast some non-perishable food items or a cash donation. FAME employees were very generous, contributing $193 toward this one effort. There are two more fundraisers scheduled that will benefit Spectrum Generations, one to be held in December and another one in January,” Danielle Otis, NextGen Project Coordinator at FAME, said in the release.

For more information about the programs, call 800-639-1553 or visit spectrumgenerations.org.

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