MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- A food pantry in the Katahdin Region is now looking for a new supplier after it was cut off by the Good Shepherd Food Bank.
'ICARE Ministries' in Millinocket had been working with 'Good Shepherd' for many years. The pantry is run by volunteers and staff at the community church, which was founded back in 1997. Pastor Herschel Hafford says he got a letter from the food bank late last month saying it would be ending its relationship with the ministry.
Hafford says the reason offered by 'Good Shepherd' was that ICARE was only offering food to people of certain religions and forcing customers to attend services at the pantry, which are claims that the ministry strongly denies.
"We don't do that," Hafford said, "We serve whoever comes in the door regardless of race, color, creed, religion...sexual orientation. It doesn't matter."
Directors at 'Good Shepherd' defended their position.