WATERVILLE, Maine (WABI) - The City of Waterville has partnered with the United Way of Mid-Maine on a "Sharing Shelf."
The Sharing Shelf is an extension of the United Way's Pantry Project which has shelves hosted by businesses and organizations to collect non-perishable food.
At the end of a month, the United Way collects the food on those shelves and brings the donations to a local pantry.
Waterville City Hall noticed many of the donations went missing before the end of the month and the United Way decided there was a need.
Now a permanent shelf has been installed where community members can donate or collect food and essential items.
Elizabeth Barron, President and CEO of The United Way of Mid-Maine says, "The city very graciously opened up their lobby to set up this first set of sharing shelves and so we ask people if you have it, would you leave some and if you need it go ahead and take some."
The United Way hopes to expand sharing shelves to other towns.