ALFRED, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- It was just last week when one of the major sources of food for pantries in York County was in danger of closing its doors, but thanks to abundant generosity in the community, the York County Food Rescue has found a new home.
The food rescue had been using York County Shelter warehouse space in an old mill in Sanford for the last several years, but the building was sold and the rescue was not able to come to a lease agreement with the new owner.
After word got around that the food rescue might not have a space to distribute to 47 pantries and organizations that it serves, York County government stepped in.
County commissioners came to an agreement to let the food rescue temporarily set up in the old county emergency management building rent free, and the county manager said they're working towards a long-term agreement.
"I literally cried," York County Food Rescue Director Jodi Bissonnette said. "I think they thought I was a little strange, because big crocodile tears were coming down I was so excited."
York County Manager Greg Zinser said the old county building located at 5 Swetts Bridge Rd. in Alfred seemed like the perfect match because it had been sitting vacant since last year, and it gives the food rescue the space it needs to continue its operation.
"What we all need to remember is that we're humans, and it's incumbent upon everybody to take care of those less fortunate," Zinser said.
It's a quick transition process, because the food rescue had to be out of its old building at the end of last week, and it's preparing for its regular distribution next month, which Bissonnette said will happen on time.
The rescue relies on donations for its operation, and Bissonnette said the organization is facing steep costs to move.
Anyone who would like to donate to the food rescue can call Jodi Bissonnette at 206-2812.