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Pumpkins for Poverty is back Oct. 13

Pumpkins for Poverty is returning Friday, Oct. 13  from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Victoria Square in downtown Amherst. Supporters of the program include: (from left) Charlotte Ferguson from Empowering Beyond Barriers, Tamara Porter from the Town of Amherst, Const. Tom Wood from the Amherst Police Department, Colleen Dowe and Michele Kane from EBB and Alison Lair from the Cumberland YMCA.
Pumpkins for Poverty is returning Friday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Victoria Square in downtown Amherst. Supporters of the program include: (from left) Charlotte Ferguson from Empowering Beyond Barriers, Tamara Porter from the Town of Amherst, Const. Tom Wood from the Amherst Police Department, Colleen Dowe and Michele Kane from EBB and Alison Lair from the Cumberland YMCA.

AMHERST – It’s amazing what a pumpkin can do.

For one thing, it can become a great fundraiser for the Amherst Food Assistance Network.
Members of the Empowering Beyond Barriers action committee are returning to Victoria Square to host their ninth Pumpkins for Poverty event on Friday.
This year’s event runs Friday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with food and money collected going to support the food bank.
“Last year we raised almost $1,000 for the food bank,” committee member Charlotte Ferguson said. “People can bring a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation for the food bank and they get a pumpkin.”
With fall in full swing and Halloween just around the corner, committee member Colleen Dowe said people are looking for pumpkins to decorate their homes, but also to cook with. For a donation of non-perishable food and/or money, people will receive a pumpkin.
She added it’s also an inexpensive way for those living at or below the poverty line to purchase their own pumpkins.
Dowe said the project couldn’t happen without the support of Janet and Marty Rose of Alder Meadow Farm Linden, who donate the pumpkins.
The concept of Pumpkins for Poverty came about several years ago. Ferguson said she was looking for a unique way of supporting the food bank.
“It’s something we wanted to do to raise some money, and just as important is awareness about the food bank,” Ferguson said.
It’s also something positive when there are so many negatives people have to deal with.
Dowe said the event is also good in that those who don’t have the money to go to a store and buy their own pumpkins can support the food bank and get a pumpkin.
Dowe said the campaign also helps educate people about poverty in the community and raises awareness of the barriers faced by those living at or below the poverty line.

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