• Food Drive 2012
    Jun 23, 2015

    Teamsters Local 340, through its Women’s Committee, headed up the 4th Annual State Wide Food Drive to benefit Catholic Charities of Maine “Feed the County” program in Caribou. Feed the County supplies much needed food to 25 food pantries in Aroostook County.


    On July 20th the Teamsters Joint Council 10 tractor trailer started its journey up Interstate 95 collecting non-perishable food donations collected by the membership of the Local. At the “helm” was Paul “Porky” Flynn and his son, John.

    Starting early at Kittery Town Hall, donations from the Sewer, Public Works, Solid Waste, Police, Clerical and Professional Units were loaded on with the help of Heather Ross, Fred Dixon, and Brett Howard, and Business Agent Sylvia Hebert.

    Next was a stop at Wells UPS to pick up donations there. Off again, this time to Interstate Brands. Thank you Diane Wheeler and Steve Hilton. Big “shout out” to Trustee Bob Bundy who had a BBQ to help bring in donations! “Bring a can, get a hot dog”, great idea!

    Off to the office in South Portland where donations from University of Maine-Gorham, American Income Life, Portland Housing Authority, UPS Freight, Maine AFL-CIO, Local 340 employees were loaded onto the truck. Thank you to Dan Walsh for picking up Betty Hilton and her son Adam so they could join in the fun! Also thanks to Alan Churchill, Ben Collings from Native American Tribes of Maine, Michael Bonney from Southern Sudan Acholi Community of Maine, Greg Deterding from UPS Freight, and Shane Knowles from American Income Life. Generous donations from B&M Beans and Kellogg’s were also collected.

    Auburn, here we come! A great collection from UPS was brought to this stop by Retiree Sony Mercier-thank you for your continued assistance! Mary and Roy Hall, members from Elmet Technologies also met the truck with donations. Mary continued with the trip north and helped with stops, the parade, and unload-thank you!

    Moving right along, we arrived in Fairfield. Here we are met by our President Ken Eaton and a full load! Ken collected donations from the members at YRC, Central Maine Labor Council, State Farm Insurance Agent’s Lee & Fortier, Steelworkers Union Local 1000, Waterville UPS (and retirees), City of Waterville Public Works and Fire units, and Fairfield Fire, Police, and Town Office. Big “shout out” to Rob Mercier and the Waterville Public Works crew, good job guys!

    Next stop was Dysarts Truck Stop in Herman. Here we collected donations from Ryan Jaques from Garelick, Steve Husson from University of Maine, and Katherine Monson from Bangor UPS. At this point the truck is VERY full and we are only at the half-way mark north.

    After many miles of travels, we arrive in Medway. Thank you to David Hasey from Interstate Brands and Jim Moore from the Town of Millinocket. Both gentlemen, although eager to get to their weekend time off, graciously helped out.
    Then, nearly at the end of the Interstate, we arrive in Houlton where Roger Brewer from Houlton UPS helps load donations from UPS and Aroostook County Correction members. After a long trek to Northern Maine, everyone rests up for another long day on Saturday.

    Saturday, the Teamsters Joint Council 10 truck arrived at the home of Business Agent Traci Place to load donations from Fort Kent School, Public Works, Police, and Wastewater, Van Buren Police and Ambulance, Baileyville Public Works, Calais UPS, Calais Public Works, Police, Fire, Ambulance, and School, Presque Isle Fire, Police, Presque Isle UPS, Caribou Fire and Police, Lane Construction, Country Farms Market, and Star City Sanitation. The truck was so full we had to re-pack in order to make room for these donations!

    Next we participated in the Maine Potato Blossom parade, collecting additional food and monetary donations, and passing out American flags (actually made in the USA!) along the lengthy parade route. While waiting for the parade to start, Congressman Mike Michaud and Barbara Hayslett from his Presque Isle office paid us a visit. Walking the entire parade route was President Ken Eaton, Business Agents Alan Churchill, Sylvia Hebert, Traci Place, and Dan Walsh, Trustee Betty Hilton, her son Adam, and Gene LaPointe, Mary Hall, Cuppy Johndro and her daughter Ashley, Felicia Nault, Dixie Shaw from Catholic Charities, and Vicki Keaton from Aroostook Savings and Loan. It was a beautiful day for a parade.

    After the parade we were faced with the hard work-unloading the full load! We were joined by Business Agent Traci Place’s husband Tom, their son Chris and staff of Catholic Charities. Many hands made quick work of this big job. This was a true display of Teamster teamwork!

    Many thanks to Interstate Brands, Kellogg’s, Garelick Farms, and B&M Beans for their generous donations to this food drive. Thank you to all the members, their families, and community members and Teamster employers who donated. With everyone’s help, 34,500 lbs of food and $3,000 was delivered to Catholic Charities “Feed the County”.

    On behalf of the membership of Teamsters Local Union 340, I would like to once again say “Thank You” to everyone who helped in some way to make this such a successful endeavor. Many families will benefit from your generous donations.


    Fraternally,

    Kenneth L. Eaton

    Alan R. Churchill

    President & Business Agent Vice President & Business Agent

    Traci N. Place

    Andy LeBel

    Business Agent Business Agent

    Stacy Nunley

    Betty Hilton

    Office Staff & Bookkeeper Trustee

    Carl Guignard

    Sylvia Hebert

    Secretary-Treasurer Recording Secretary & Business Agent

    Daniel Walsh

    Peggy Timmons

    Business Agent Office Staff & TITAN Operator

    Robert Bundy

    Shawn Findlay

    Trustee  Trustee

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