Pledges to match other businesses’ donations up to $100,000 between now and Dec. 31
BREWER — Solving the hunger crisis takes more than one person, one business, one organization, and it is why CES, Inc., a Maine-based firm of engineers, environmental scientists, and land surveyors, is proud to announce a $100,000 corporate challenge gift to raise money for the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Food For All: A Campaign to Nourish Maine.
“CES, Inc. is celebrating our 40th anniversary this year and we wanted to mark this important milestone for our company by giving back to our community,” said CES President and CEO Denis St. Peter. “We chose to partner on this project because Good Shepherd Food Bank and their partners have a successful approach of reducing food insecurities by their statewide network, and we believe that the new Hampden facility will greatly improve their ability to distribute the healthiest food to those in need.”
The storage and logistical needs of the Food Bank have changed as it implemented its strategic plan to source healthy and perishable food, including local food from Maine. This food is distributed to the Food Bank’s 400 partner organizations to address food insecurity and combat health issues that are exacerbated by food with minimal nutrition.
The money raised by the Food For All Campaign will pay for renovations at the Food Bank’s location at the former BDN publishing facility in Hampden, Maine. This facility will have the cold storage necessary to properly and safely store food from Maine farms and other sources before it is distributed to food pantries across Northern and Eastern Maine.
To help the Food Bank reach its goal, CES presented a $100,000 check to the Food Bank at its Groundbreaking for the Hampden Distribution Center and challenged other businesses to contribute to the campaign.
“CES pledges to match all gifts to the Food for All campaign from Maine businesses between today and December 31, 2018, up to $100,000. We hope business leaders across the state will join us in supporting this important effort by leveraging our matching gift. Our commitment, combined with the support of other businesses, will yield a total of $200,000 for the campaign,” said St. Peter.
Good Shepherd Food Bank has raised 70 percent of its goal of $5 million and hopes to have construction complete in the summer of 2019.
About CES, Inc.:
A 2015- 2017 Best Places to Work in Maine company, CES, Inc. provides civil and environmental consulting and land surveying services. In business since 1978, CES employs approximately 70 professionals across seven offices located in Brewer, Bar Harbor, Lewiston, Machias, Presque Isle, Saco and Waterville.