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The Maine Veterans Project aims to provide food and stress relief before the holidays

The Maine Veterans Project aims to provide food and stress relief before the holidays

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – After helping put food on the tables of hundreds of Maine veterans and their families last year, the popular food drive is back.

The Maine Veterans Project is collecting non-perishable food items from now until Veterans Day, November 11th.

The Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor serves as a drop-off point with two Jeeps parked right inside the gate. Jeeps are labeled as Army, Marines and Coast Guard or Navy, Air Force and Space Force.

Organizers ask that you fill up the truck of your choice or put donations in both. They hope this friendly “battle of the horns” will encourage participation, but they say all veterans win in the end.

“It’s more than food. We also want to provide stress relief. We’re a suicide prevention organization first, so we try to do what we can to reduce stress levels,” said Doc Goodwin, president of the Maine Veterans Project.

“The Galen Cole Family Foundation, which funds this museum, is always trying to do community outreach and try to impact the community in any way they can. And that’s just another way we can do that,” said Jennifer Munson, director of the Cole Land Transportation Museum.

The Maine Veterans Project says that in addition to canning things like vegetables and soup, they could always use more canned meat.

Doc Goodwin also suggests giving out some candy to put a smile on veterans’ faces during the holidays. It prompts you to check the expiration date on whatever you’re leaving.

Of course, monetary donations are also welcome.

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