AUBURN, Maine — Fifteen percent of Maine families are unable to get sufficient quantities of nutritious food on a consistent basis, and food cupboards have tried to fill the needs of those families.
Good Shepherd Food-Bank partners with more than 600 local food pantries and this winter, all have seen an increase in the need for hunger relief. Aware of that need and the struggling economy, Bangor Savings Bank has donated $56,000 to help fight hunger.
‘’This donation could not have come at a better time,’’ Rick Small, executive director of Good Shepherd Food-Bank, said this week. ‘’Our partner agencies continue to face difficulty meeting the need in their communities. Having additional resources to obtain more food for the hungry people they serve will make a huge difference to thousands of people throughout the state.’’
James Conion, Bangor Savings Bank’s president and chief executive officer, said the bank understands that hunger is a significant issue for many Maine residents.
‘’Working with Good Shepherd Food-Bank means that our $56,000 donation is leveraged into almost $500,000 in food for hungry families,’’ he said. ‘’We know that businesses and families are very generous throughout the holiday season, but it has been clear to our employees — especially our branch managers and front-line tellers — that the need for food continues long after the holiday season is over.’’
Good Shepherd Food-Bank will divide the gift among the accounts of 56 of its partner food pantries. Food pantries then will use the funds to order food and grocery items from the food bank.