Dixie Shaw, director of Hunger & Relief Services at Catholic Charities Maine, talks about the volunteer efforts of U.S. border patrol agents at food distribution sites in northern Maine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One area in northern Maine served by Catholic Charities Maine is Aroostook County on the Canadian border. Like many communities across the United States experiencing shutdowns to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, Aroostook County has many people in need of food. Distributions of food have continued but without the regular volunteers - mostly senior citizens - who are staying home. Since the U.S./Canadian border is also closed, border patrol agents in the area have stepped up to volunteer to fill the need and help their neighbors get good, nutritious food.