If more people choose to donate only to GSFB because they have greater political and media skills, these little food pantries will simply dry up and blow away. When enough of them throw in the towel, how do you think the GSFB will be able to efficiently replace the hundreds of thousands of volunteer work hours, pantry facilities, and local support and good will? I truly believe you are trying to help, that you have committed considerable time and resources into doing that, and that GSFB plays a very important role in helping to feed hungry people in Maine. The problem is that no matter how good and big and glitzy GSFB becomes, they will never be able to reach deep enough into the many and different Maine communities to find the people presently served out of church basements, barns, and spare rooms. Please consider advertising the local pantries along with the GSFB, and encouraging people to donate to them as well. It would be helpful if WCSH developed a Pantry Locater online or in print, to help people find them for donations or help. There are many things you could do to help these courageous bands of volunteers, and the only thing that can ruin them is for people to really believe that a donation to GSFB alone will trickle down to their local food pantry and save them. It won't, unless they have the money to buy the food from them.
Thank you for all your good work in this area.
Donald H. Gean
Former Executive Director
York County Shelter Programs, Inc.