Hancock County Shelter and Food Pantry Struggles to Keep Shelves Stocked

In a bad economy everyone makes sacrifices, but for people who struggle in good economic times, it only gets worse.

“These kids were like, can we have the leftovers? Little kids, hungry. We’ve got little kids, hungry,” Said H.O.M.E Inc Board Member, Beth Taylor.

Sister Lucy Poulin said, “If anyone is without, it’s like someone in our family is without.”

Homeworker’s Organized for More Employment, H.O.M.E. Inc, has been helping people in Hancock County for over 40 years, but with unemployment in the area on the rise, most of their supply is gone.

“The first thing we need to do is stock the shelves so we can feed the people, it’s the most important thing right now,” said Taylor.

Recently, mills in the area shutdown, causing people to flock to the shelter for food and a place to sleep. Now, with over 30 people looking for food everyday, the shelves are bare. Even people who used to donate even $5 a year, find their pockets empty.

H.O.M.E Inc. Bookkeeper, Mary Mahan said, “We can’t count on them anymore, where we used to be able to count on them and the donations have gone down quite a lot.”

On Sunday, August 19th, H.O.M.E. Inc will hold it’s annual charity auction. They will auction everything from furniture and clothing, to two cars and a boat. They hope to raise enough money to stock up on the necessities.

“It helps with the food bank, it helps with our soup kitchen, we utilize it in anything we can,”said Mahan.

Recently, employees have been giving up their paychecks in order to give back to those who need it more.

“We’re not on vacation, we’re here 365 days a year, 7 days a week with shelters full and children hungry,” Taylor said.

The auction will take place August 19th, from 9 – 5 PM on Schoolhouse Road in Orland, across from the Orland Fire Department.

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