BELFAST, Maine January 17, 2016 — Residents in Belfast, Maine visited the Belfast Soup Kitchen this week to enjoy Donald Trump’s favorite meal – meatloaf – while others were there to help struggling members of the community.
Residents would like Trump to come see the area to understand the realities of life in many communities across the United States.
Located on Penobscot Bay, the Belfast Soup Kitchen provides a model for any community looking to feed its hungry. Its goal is to give a hot meal in a positive environment to members of the community who need a helping hand.
About 20 enthusiastic volunteers arrived at the Kitchen to help serve guests. The volunteers stepped up from the desire to help their fellow residents.
Tasha Fuller, 21, and her brother Wilbur, 18, were among the town volunteers. Tasha was there to help guide Wilbur, a senior at Mount View High School who has autism, complete his tasks.
The bounty of the Kitchen and the effort from the volunteers were particularly important due to the food shortages currently taking place across Maine. Many Maine residents, like people throughout the country, are suffering from the poor economy and difficult job situation.
As of the of 2010 census, Belfast was home to 6,668 people. It is typical of towns around Penobscot Bay. The median household income is $32,400. Ten percent of families and 13.2 percent of the population are below the poverty line. Over 19 percent of people under 18 are in poverty, and 9 percent of the elderly. Almost 18 percent of its households are people over 65 living alone; 11.5 percent are headed by women without a husband present.
The cities of Penobscot Bay are truly representative of America’s forgotten cities.
Trump supporters hope Donald Trump will include Belfast as a stop on his itinerary to glimpse the reality of life in this community nestled on the mid-coast of Maine. The Belfast Soup Kitchen will even host Trump with his favorite lunch.
The Belfast Soup Kitchen opens every Monday through Friday at 8:00am, with the public welcomed for a coffee hour and snacks starting at 10:30 a.m. Lunch service is from 11:30-1:00 p.m. Follow them on Facebook.