Halloween food drive successful

Young Life/WE Day members and leaders with food collected from the Halloween food drive. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)


By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

Young Life leader Chad Hutchinson jokes with Chase Voie, Tony Bron and Adam Holcomb at the Waterville Food Bank after bringing in food drive donations Oct. 31. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)

Waterville Young Life and Waterville School WE Day members and leaders arrived at the Waterville Food Bank around 5 p.m. Oct. 31 with bags full of food collected from porches around town.

The bags were unloaded onto the long table in the middle of the building and the items were quickly sorted by the students and by food bank volunteers.

Cathy Peirolo, director of the food bank, was very impressed by the amount of items donated this year.

“This is a good haul,” Peirolo said. “People were very generous.”

Young Life leader Mike Grande, who is one of the organizers of the drive each year, said that the group puts bags on the porches of all houses in town, which he said is about 500. They collect the bags in the late afternoon on Halloween.

There were bags full of food on most porches this year, according to Grande.

“Waterville has always been so generous,” Grande said, adding that he would like to thank everyone who donated items.

This year bags were also distributed in Orondo, with the food picked up there delivered to the Orondo Food Bank.

Chase Voie, a freshman, is involved with Young Life for the first time this year and enjoyed taking part in the food drive.

“It’s fun to help people,” Voie said.