ReSource Lewiston Makes Financial Contribution to Provide Food to Neighbors in Need
When all non-essential businesses in Maine were ordered today to close due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, ReSource Waste Services of Lewiston (ReSource Lewiston) Facility Manager David McCutcheon took action to provide food to neighbors in need.
McCutcheon sent a $1,000 contribution to the Age-Friendly Community Committee in Auburn to provide emergency food to members of the community experiencing financial hardship. McCutcheon requested that half of the gift be utilized by the Auburn Police Activities League to supply food to children in need.
“The widespread shutdown of businesses in our community is going to push more people into unemployment, and this pandemic certainly was not anticipated,” McCutcheon said. “Our business is deemed to be an essential business, so we will continue operating. It is important for us to support members of the community who are being adversely affected by this crisis, and we are happy to help.”
McCutcheon said the ReSource Lewiston facility has been involved in the past with efforts to address food insecurity in the Lewiston-Auburn community. The facility, for example, provides an annual donation to the Age-Friendly Community Committee for its Thanksgiving dinner for seniors, veterans and the homeless. ReSource Lewiston employees also have volunteered at the event.
The Age-Friendly Community Committee works under the auspices of the City of Auburn to ensure that Auburn is an age-friendly community, so that the City is well-designed for older citizens to stay connected and actively participate in activities.
Leroy Walker, Auburn Councilman and chairman of the Age-Friendly Community Committee, said the contribution from ReSource Lewiston was well-timed and necessary. “This is an unprecedented time for us, and many of our neighbors are feeling isolated and insecure. With help from ReSource Lewiston and other businesses and individuals in our community, we can help those who need it. We really appreciate the fact that they stepped up to help right away and that they have been such consistent supporters in the past.”