Food for thought

Gov. Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage will open the doors of the Blaine House this Saturday for the first of three food drives ahead of the holiday season.

Members of the public are welcome to attend between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and exchange non-perishable food items for coffee and pastries and a tour of the governor’s mansion. The food will be donated to area homeless shelters.

“Everybody knows that welfare reform in Maine is one of the things the governor wants to tackle, but he also believes communities need to keep promoting the idea that neighbors can and should help their neighbors,” LePage’s spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said.

The governor’s personal story of struggle as a youth is well-known and, as an adult, he’s had a soft spot for organizations that help the homeless and the hungry. For many years in Waterville, LePage served on the board of directors for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter.

In addition to Saturday’s event, the governor and first lady will open the Blaine House doors for food drives on Saturday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 5.