American Legion Auxiliary Tardiff-Belanger Unit 39 members Nancy Misiazek, at left, and Ann Cody box turkey pies for the sale. Contributed photo

The American Legion Auxiliary Tardiff-Belanger Unit 39, Madison, traditionally holds a turkey supper every November, when they serve about 150-175 people, with the proceeds to benefit local food cupboards.

Due to COVID-19 again this year, members decided to have a turkey pie sale in which Hannaford of Madison donated some of the turkeys, Renys of Madison donated 100 pie plates, Apple Tree Bakery donated some pie boxes as well as a discounted price for the remaining pie boxes needed, and members also donated and/or cooked turkeys and many of the items needed, such as flour and Crisco, as well as their time making pies.

A total of 184 pies were made, and all but five were all sold a week before the Nov. 13 pickup date. After expenses, $2,080 was raised and donated among four local food cupboards.

According to a news release from Unit 39, American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for more than a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military, and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $2 billion.

Auxiliary volunteers across the country also honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism.

To learn more, to volunteer, donate or join, visit alaforveterans.org or mainelegionpost39.org, or contact Robin Turek, president, American Legion Auxiliary Tardiff-Belanger Unit 39, P.O. Box 325, Madison, ME 04950, or at [email protected] or 207-696-8289.

American Legion Auxiliary Tardiff-Belanger Unit 39 members, from left, Geraldine Jenks, Merrilyn Vieira and Karen Lytle, prepare to make the homemade turkey pies for the November sale to benefit four local food cupboards. Contributed photo

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