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19th annual food drive to benefit Good Shepherd

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19th annual food drive to benefit Good Shepherd (edge photo by Kevin Bennett)

BANGOR - A Thanksgiving-week tradition, the annual food drive behind Bangor Mall (near Dick’s Sporting Goods, across from Oriental Jade) is set for Monday through Wednesday, November 20-22.

Radio personalities of Blueberry Broadcasting will collect non-perishable food in cooperation with Good Shepherd Food Bank. 

Each day of the food drive will benefit a different area food cupboard:

Food collected on November 20, will benefit the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.

If you donate food on November 21, you’ll be benefitting the Brewer Area Food Pantry.

Food donations collected on November 22, will go to Hampden Neighborhood Food Cupboard.

Representatives from each organization will be onsite during the food drive to assist the Blueberry Broadcasting personnel.

The food drive will air live on radio stations KISS FM (94.5/97.5/102.5) and The Bear (97.1/99.1/103.3). Additionally, periodic live updates will be heard on WVOM (103.9/101.3/1450 AM)

For this food drive, non-perishable food will be collected, such as cans of soup, boxes of pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and toiletry items – basically, they’re looking for virtually anything with a shelf life. 

In addition to food, this food drive welcomes donations of baby food, diapers and formula; they’re happy to receive pet food as well.

In addition to the physical food drive, a “virtual food drive” will occur simultaneously on the website for radio station KISS FM - www.KISSFM.net - also to benefit Good Shepherd Food Bank and its partner food cupboards. 

Donations can be made on the website via a secure link and 100 percent of the proceeds are directed to Good Shepherd. A donation of one dollar will provide four meals; a $10 donation will provide 40 miles.

When you give to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, your gift enables them to reach all 16 counties in Maine with nutritious food for families, children and the elderly. They also provide food to more than 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other non-profits. All told, they feed more than 36,000 Mainers each week. 

This food drive was started by Mike Elliott and Mike Dow (the beloved radio duo known as “Mike and Mike”) back in 1999 when they hosted a morning radio show on Z107.3 FM.

In the fall of 2001, when the pair moved to KISS FM, the food drive continued on that station. Radio stations KISS FM and The Bear were acquired by Blueberry Broadcasting in 2008.

“The Mike and Mike Show” ended a 15-year run in 2012 as the pair went on to host morning shows on other stations for Blueberry Broadcasting. Dow can be heard on “The Big Morning Show” on BIG 104 FM (104.3/104.7/107.7) and Elliott co-hosts “The Bear Morning Show” with Katrina Walls. 

The food drive continues to this day with Elliott, Dow and other Blueberry Broadcasting personalities – an all-star team of local notables such as Walls, Mandy Exly and Ric Tyler. 

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