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Masked Heroes Food Drive benefits patients, staff, and our community

Date: 05/13/2020

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center sees members of our community struggling to make ends Food Drive donationsmeet in the face of COVID-19. And, patients who eat well are more likely to heal faster – which is why it’s important to help feed those in need.

During the week of May 3-9, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center held its Masked Heroes Food Drive, inviting employees to bring in non-perishable food items. When patients come in to be seen, care team members screen them for food insecurity to better understand if they have access to food for themselves and their families. If they don’t, the Medical Center offers them a free bag of non-perishable items to take home, as well as information on additional resources available in our community.

Any left-over items are donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank to further support those in our region.
“Serving our community is built into our DNA,” says Chris Shaw, director, Clinical Operations, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. “No one should have to go hungry, and once again, our staff asked for the opportunity to help our neighbors by initiating a food drive. It’s so heartwarming to see employees who are already doing so much give a little more of themselves to feed those in need.”

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Auxiliary volunteers stepped up to sort and package the donations. The food from this drive is being delivered to Northern Light Family Medicine and Residency on Union Street; Northern Light Pediatrics on Corporate Drive, and the State Street campus, all in Bangor; Northern Light Primary Care in Hampden, Brewer, Orono, and Bangor; and Northern Light Cancer Care in Brewer.

Photo caption: Chris Shaw, director, Clinical Operations and Susan Nasberg, director, Administration Support Services surrounded by boxes of food donated by Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center employees.