2012-02-17 / Local

Downeast Energy ups ‘Freeze Out’ ante

The Times Record

BRUNSWICK — If food and fuel assistance fundraisers scheduled for Saturday in Freeport and Brunswick raise more than $10,000, Downeast Energy will match a donation of up to $5,000 in heating oil. Downeast Energy announced the match challenge on Thursday.

The 24- hour “ Freeze Out Food and Fuel Drive” will be held for the seventh year in Freeport and for the first year in Brunswick. Organizers are Freeport Community Services and Brunswick’s Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, respectively.

“We are challenging our community to help raise $10,000 for the food and fuel aid drive and we will in turn help as we always do,” Downeast Energy President John Peters said in a press release. “With federal LIHEAP funding significantly reduced, there are families who are facing difficult times and we want to make sure they receive help.”

Sue Mack, family services coordinator at Freeport Community Services, said that the organization more than tripled its goal, set at $10,000 this year, to meet an increasing need for food and fuel assistance.

“We are so grateful for Downeast Energy’s commitment to helping the community,” Mack said in the release.

Both the Freeport and Brunswick events will run from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. The Brunswick Freeze Out will take place in the Norway Savings parking lot at Cook’s Corner. The Freeport event will occur in front of First Parish UCC Church at 40 Main St.

Volunteers at both events will accept nonperishable food donations, volunteer help and cash donations.

For more information about the Brunswick event, contact Mary Turner at mt@mchpp.org or 725-2716. For more information about the Freeport event, call Sue Mack at 869-1005.

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