Food insecurities in Maine and around the world are at an all-time high due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some families have to choose between bills vs. food, and it's more than likely even affecting someone you know. It doesn't stop there though, not only are people struggling to afford food, businesses are struggling to stay open or have had to lay off staff due to the decrease in numbers. It's a sad but real domino effect.


“Food insecurity is one of the most significant challenges facing our communities during this time. Food pantries rely on ongoing support to meet growing demand while facing mounting challenges in volunteer safety and supply chain disruptions.  At the same time, small businesses continue to see sharp decreases in traffic despite eased restrictions,” said Andrew Silsby, President & CEO of Kennebec Savings Bank. “Our goal here is two-fold – support local businesses and local families when they need it the most.”


Kennebec Savings Bank has donated $25,000 to hunger-relief programs in Kennebec county and Freeport in hopes of helping not only local families but businesses too. The $25,0000 is going to five local food pantries, each received $2,500, and a single donation of $12,500 to the Good Shepard Food Bank.


The Food Pantries Receiving Donations

  1. Freeport Community Services
  2. Greater Waterville Area Food Bank
  3. Augusta Food Bank
  4. Winthrop Food Bank
  5. Chrysalis Place/Gardiner Food Center
  6. Good Shepard Food Bank


Each food pantries receiving donations will use the $2,500 to purchase gift cards from local restraunts and then given to those in need. Kennebec Savings Bank made the donations after being inspired by two Freeport Middle School students who raised and donated money to their community. You can read that story here.


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