Updated: Nov 9, 2020
On October 29, Waterville Area Soup Kitchen partnered with Hammond Lumber Company for our first Farmers to Families Event.
President Aline Poulin went to meet the refrigerated truck at 5:45am at the North Street Swimming Pool, only to find it had broken down in the Thayer Hospital parking lot. With the help of Bruce Bourtigglierie and Kevin of the Hammond Lumber Company, all 1,160 boxes of dairy, meat, and produce and 126 gallons of milk were unloaded from the refrigerated truck and transferred to a forklift bed and driven to the distribution site.
By 7:00 am, over 100 vehicles were parked along the side of the road from the distribution site up to the Colby fields.
Two women from Kennebec Savings Bank brought coffee and pastries for all the volunteers. Thank you KSB!
A huge thank you to our volunteers from the Rotarians of Waterville, Waterville Sunrise Rotarians, K.V. Connect, High Hope House, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, UCC First Congregational Church, towns of Waterville and Winslow, and our own Waterville Area Soup Kitchen team! Over 40 volunteers came out to help distribute food boxes, working in perfect unison to get the job done!
Volunteers from Sunrise Rotary and Lunch Time Rotary Clubs
For the next three hours, cars rolled through the distribution lines and volunteers loaded boxes and milk into trunks.
By 11:00 am, Kevin of Hammond Lumber Company was tying up the empty flatbed and forklift, and driving away. All 1,160 boxes and 126 gallons were distributed in under 3 hours!
The left-over pallets, plastic wrap, and miscellaneous items were left for the Public Works employees to pick up, leaving no trace that anything had happened that morning. The WASK team went home proud of a job well done, and we would like to thank everyone who helped make this amazing event possible. It takes a community to execute an operation of this magnitude, and it wouldn't have been possible without the help of everyone involved!
1,160 boxes and 126 gallons of milk were distributed to those in need.
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