WELLS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Each year it seems the need to help feed the hungry in Maine increases.
Even as the economy begins to recover, there are still thousands of Mainers struggling to find work, and put food on the table.
According to a Gallup poll last year, nearly 26,000 people in York County alone struggled to feed themselves and their families.
A number of groups working to lower those numbers met at the York County Community College Wednesday, gearing up for one of the busiest times of the year for Maine's food pantries -- the holidays.
This gathering brings together minds from United Way, Good Shepherd, even the University of Maine to talk about ways to not only give handouts, but help people sustain themselves, so they won't need to rely so much on food pantries.
They even got a demonstration on food preservation.
This is the time of year a lot of pantries are getting Thanksgiving baskets ready.
Instead of donating turkey to your local pantry, Martha Heustis, with the York County Shelter Programs says monetary donations often go further. Pantries can often buy food at a lower price therefore, your dollar helps feed even more families.