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Last Day For The Topsfield Food Pantry - No One Has Come Forward To Take Over - Jun. 17, 2014

TOPSFIELD, ME -- (WQDY) -- Today is the final day of operation for the Topsfield Food Pantry. They'll be open  from 10-noon and then that's it.

As we reported a couple of weeks ago, Diana Harriman has run the food pantry with help from her husband Charles, daughter Steph Lindsay and daughter-in-law Karen Harriman.

A break-in and theft of food and along with some health issues hastened Diana's decision that it was time for her to just close the place or turn it over to someone else.

But it appears that no one has come forward to take over operation of the food pantry. One other complication is that a new home must be found for the pantry -- something the Harriman's had been trying to do themselves.

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The pantry has operated out of the basement of the Topsfield Congregational Church at Routes 1 and 6 for about the last 25 years serving over a dozen communities in Northern Washington County..

The steps down to the basement are steep and the place is very cold -- a blessing on a hot day -- but not so much any other time of year. Signs warn clients of the low-hanging duct work so they didn't incur injury 

The Harriman's have struggled to keep the pantry going, even putting in about $2,000 of their own money. They had to shell out money to fix the door that thieves forced open a couple of weeks ago.

The Harriman's had gone to Bangor to pick up more food for the pantry and when they returned they discovered the door had been forced open and the freezers had been cleaned out of steaks and roasts and other items.

When noon comes today (Tuesday June 17) the food pantry will close its doors for good -- unless someone steps forward.

People in 14 communities will be affected by the loss of the Topsfield Food Pantry.
 
STORY/PICTURE: Tom McLaughlin WQDY-WALZ news@wqdy.fm