SACO — Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Maine’s oldest bank, has delivered more than $18,800 to food pantries across southern Maine recently to restock the pantries’ shelves.
“It is vital that we support local food pantries and help to ensure Mainers have food on the table for themselves and their families,” said Bob Quentin, President and CEO of Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution. “Supporting local food pantries is part of what being a community-centered bank is about and we hope businesses and individuals will join us in this effort.”
The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 16.4 percent of Maine households, or more than 208,000 individuals, are food insecure. Specifically in Cumberland and York counties, Feeding America reports that there are more than 67,000 food insecure people.
This year’s beneficiaries include 19 food pantries, meal programs and other community pantries within Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Saco, South Portland, Scarborough and Westbrook. Specifically, donations will be made to Bon Appetit Meal Program, Stone Soup Food Pantry, Biddeford Food Pantry, Seeds of Hope Community Center, In-A-Pinch Non-Food Pantry, Saco Food Pantry, Open Hands Open Heart Clothing Pantry, Old Orchard Beach Food Pantry, Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Salvation Army Food Pantry, Project G.R.A.C.E., 1st Congregational Church of Scarborough Food Pantry, South Portland Food Cupboard, South Portland 1stCongregational Church Food Pantry, My Place Teen Center, Preble Street, Wayside Food Program, Project FEED and the Westbrook Food Pantry.
“Feeding our neighbors would not be possible if it wasn’t for the generous donations from organizations like Saco and Biddeford Savings,” said dedicated volunteer, Jeanne Rielly. “With this donation, we are able to restock our pantries at a time when the community needs our assistance most.”
About Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution
Founded in 1827, Saco & Biddeford Savings is Maine’s Oldest Bank with locations in Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland and Westbrook. A leader in community banking, SBSI has contributed more than $3.8 million to area organizations over the last 10 years and continues to support the needs of the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.sbsavings.bank or on Twitter at @SBSavings. Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.