FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Cold temperatures, rising heating oil and food costs, and fewer federal dollars for heating assistance programs has made for another tough Maine winter, causing some to choose between heating and eating.

That's why women like Sue Mack camp out for 24 hours, collecting money and food donations once a year.

She calls it a "Freeze Out" -- and most years, she is braving freezing temperatures, high winds, and snowy conditions on her corner on Freeport's Main Street.

The money goes to local heating oil funds and the Freeport food pantry. Mack said the Freeport group raises several thousand dollars each year.

"We've never reached a point where we've said, 'We're done,'" said Mack.

That's because each year they've seen more people coming to their local food pantry, as heating oil and food prices rise.

Other Freeze Outs have started to pop up around the state.

In Yarmouth, members of the YCAN, or Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors program held their first Freeze Out fundraiser.

"We need to do what we can to make sure people get through the winter," said Steve Woods, camping outside of the Yarmouth Town Hall.

The Freeze Out ends at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

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