Bank System Commits $20,000 to Local Food Pantries
BIDDEFORD AND AUBURN, ME – April 13, 2020 – To answer a growing need for food and sustenance, Maine Community Bank and its divisions, Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings, has contributed $20,000 to food pantries in each of their branch communities.
“At a time when schools are closed and unemployment is on the rise, we wanted to ensure that our food pantries are able to continue providing nutritious food to individuals and families in need,” said Jeanne Hulit, President and CEO of Maine Community Bank. “We want our customers and our communities to know that Maine Community Bank is always here to support you, no matter what the circumstances may be.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, food pantries have reported critical needs and increased demands for help. These issues have surfaced as many are unexpectedly experiencing a reduction or complete loss of income during the current economic crisis.
The following food pantries each received a $2,000 donation from Maine Community Bank to purchase food and other nonperishable goods: Biddeford Food Pantry in Biddeford, Community Outreach Services in Kennebunk, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick, Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston, Saco Food Pantry in Saco, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Lewiston, Scarborough Food Pantry in Scarborough, Seeds of Hope in Biddeford, Windham Food Pantry and Clothes Closet in Windham, and Waterboro Food Pantry in Waterboro.
Maine Community Bank also joined forces with Maine Bankers Association and 33 other Maine banks to collectively raise $61,000 in less than 8 hours for the #LetsFeedME initiative. The funds were distributed to food pantries in every Maine county.