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Help Feed the Teens Match Challenge Extended Through June

Local real estate developer Jim Howard has issued a $5000 “match” challenge to help “Feed the Teens!” at the Brunswick Area Teen Center program at People Plus.

Howard, CEO of the Topsham based Priority Real Estate Group, hopes to raise funds with his match of $5,000. This is the 10th consecutive year that Howard has put forth a match challenge – encouraging others to join him in raising funds for the Teen Center. The campaign takes place the entire month of May and has been extended through June.

“Jim Howard has been a great supporter of the Teen Center program for years and has come by the Center to spend time with the kids. While there, he shared some his personal experiences as a teen and the struggles he endured and overcame,” said Jordan Cardone, Teen Center Coordinator. “Jim’s match helps to generate much needed funds. Thank you, Jim!”

The funds raised will go toward feeding all those hungry teenagers, a key part of their program at the Union Street Center, where snacks, drinks and a full meal (dinner) is served every day to the kids, amongst the many other services provided.

“The kids come in starving after school and begin eating fruit, yogurts and snacks immediately. Then they want to know, “what’s for dinner?” as many of them might not eat again that night.”, said Stacy Frizzle-Edgerton, Executive Director, People Plus who oversees all programming at the Center.

“The pandemic year has been incredibly hard on the area teens and we are thrilled to see our community come together to show them that they are supported.  We hope that people will join the movement to keep them fed as they venture out in the world again.” Said Frizzle-Edgerton.

The Teen Center celebrates its 16th anniversary this summer and looks forward to seeing loads of kids at the Center. Over the years, we have seen numerous kids come and go as we tick off thousands of visits a year from our youth population. Offering a safe and free after school and summer program, the Brunswick Area Teen Center provides not only food, but also access to technology, mentoring, games and creative outlets.

If you would like to make a donation toward the $5,000 challenge goal, please go online to peopleplusmaine.org or send a check to PO Box 766, Brunswick, ME 04011. Thank you for your support!