Thomas College in Waterville recently collected 364 pounds of food to support the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Child Hunger Program, which provides nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods for children facing food insecurity.

Members of the Thomas College community members delivered the food on Oct. 17 to the food bank in Auburn.

The food bank’s child hunger program provides Maine children who suffer from the effects of chronic hunger with nutritious food to eat during weekends and school vacations when school meals are unavailable. Various child hunger programs are in schools throughout the state.

The Fill ‘Em Up project during Homecoming and Family Weekend aims to fill a mini bus with food donations and deliver them to the food bank for its child hunger programs.

“Fill ‘Em Up fills the Thomas mini bus, fills children’s empty tummies, and in turn, helps to fill their hungry and growing minds,” said Thomas College Assistant Vice President of Advancement Erin Baltes in a news release from the college. “Rallying the Thomas community — students, faculty, staff, alumni, families, and all guests — for this worthy cause fits perfectly with our commitment to education and community service.”

For more information, contact MacKenzie Riley at [email protected] or 859-1313.

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