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Posted: Friday, May 9, 2008 1:00 am

In your April 25 article "'Cupboard' opens doors in Steep Falls," there was a sentence that read, "…the previous food pantry in town was located in the Oak Hill Congregational Church, which burned in May 2004 after being struck by lightning."

This article implies that there has been no food pantry since that fire. In fact the Standish Connection Food Pantry reopened within a couple of weeks of that fire due to the generosity of the owners of the Crossroads building and the Crossroads Church, which was then meeting in that building.

Volunteers coordinated with the necessary agencies to salvage the shelving and freezer. Made necessary arrangements for the destruction of product that could not be used, and replace food lost due to the fire.

With the assistance of many volunteers, community organizations such as the Kiwanis, Lions, Standish Fire/EMS, Saint Joseph's College students, the food pantry was up and running in a very short time, and never actually closed.

It continued at Crossroads until the new Oak Hill Congregational Church was complete. The food pantry was moved back into and was in operation at the Oak Hill Church within a week of the building's occupancy permit being issued.

I might add that the owners of Cross Roads took it upon themselves to ensure that the Standish Connection food pantry had heat even after we were the only ones in the building, modifying the heating system at their own expense to heat only the portion of the building that contained the food pantry, thus ensuring that we retained our state permits.

There is always need for assistance with food, and the endeavor of Catherine's Cupboard is to be applauded. However, the article implied that the Standish Connection Food Pantry no longer exists. This comes as a surprise to People's Regional Opportunity Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the other many volunteers who labor to make sure needs are met even outside of the regular distribution every third Saturday.

Christopher LaPointe


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