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Paying It Forward: Picking Apples for Charity

The lovely Sharon, of Delicious Musings, is organizing a charitable event for The Good Shepherd Food Bank and asked a few people to help spread the word.

Want to help feed Maine’s hungry without spending a dime? Thompson’s Orchard will host “It’s Time to Pick Apples for Charity” on Saturday, October 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., during which time the orchard is waiving the picking fee for up to 18 people picking apples for Good Shepherd Food Bank.

The family-owned orchard is located at 276 Gloucester Hill Road in New Gloucester. All ages welcome. Fresh made donuts and apple cider will be for sale and anyone is welcome to stay after 10:00 a.m. to pick apples for personal use at .98 pound.

“This has been a good growing season for apples,” said Mike Thompson, owner of Thompson’s Orchard. “This is an opportunity to have a good time while doing something charitable for others.”

“Many of us know that an increasing number of Mainers are having a hard time meeting the needs of their families and providing nutritious food for their children,” said Rick Small, president and CEO of Good Shepherd Food Bank. “But there is always something you can do to help. This apple picking event is a fun way to give back and make sure more kids will get the healthy food they need.”

Among the nearly 49 million Americans facing hunger more than 16 million are children. In Maine 200,000 residents are living at risk of hunger, including 1 in every 4 children.

Despite the good efforts of governments, private-sector institutions and everyday Americans, these children still don’t have daily access to the nutritious meals they need to live active, healthy lives.

The largest hunger relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food-Bank provides for those at risk of hunger by soliciting and distributing surplus food to more than 600 partner agencies. Since 1981, the Food-Bank has partnered with individuals, businesses and farmers to alleviate hunger and build community relationships. In 2010 the Food-Bank distributed 12 million pounds of food to families and individuals throughout Maine. More information on Good Shepherd Food Bank can be found at

Anyone who wishes to volunteer to pick fruit should contact 207.542.3723.