First Family Food Drive Postponed Due to Blaine House Maintenance and Repair
September 22, 2016
For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Contact: Barbara Claudel, Blaine House Director, 207-624-7500
AUGUSTA – Maintenance and repair at the Blaine House will delay the Sixth Annual First Family Food Drive that helps fellow Mainers who are less fortunate. Construction on the roof, driveway and entrances is scheduled for October and November. Therefore, the food drive will take place in April 2017.
Every fall, the First Family invites the public to visit the Blaine House on Saturdays in an effort to help raise food donations for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. The First Family Food Drive began in 2011. Since then, thousands of pounds of food for pantries and shelters across Maine has been collected and donated.
“We continue to encourage Mainers to donate to their local food pantries around the holidays, but it is equally important to give back to your community year round,” said Governor LePage “It’s important the First Lady and I give back to the people of Maine, and we will hold the food drive this spring.”
Friends of the Blaine House is a non-profit entity that works continuously to preserve this historical landmark and active museum visited by thousands each year. Funds collected from the Friends of the Blaine House along with state allocated funds will be used for the Blaine House maintenance and repair.
This spring, Mainers again will be encouraged to bring food donations, get a tour of the Blaine House led by Governor LePage and enjoy light refreshments.