Donations will be collected at all 56 branch locations from September 10 – 14
Portland – September 6, 2012: Bangor Savings Bank is taking a leadership role in the fight against hunger in Maine with the upcoming “Give a Dollar, Feed a Family” campaign.
During the week of September 10 – 14, Bangor Savings Bank will accept donations for Good Shepherd Food Bank at all 56 branch locations. Donations will also be accepted online at www.MaineHungerAction.org.
The bank is taking on this fundraising challenge with Good Shepherd Food Bank as part of Hunger Action Month, which takes place each year in September. Hunger Action Month is an effort to mobilize the public to raise awareness and take action in support of domestic hunger relief. The campaign is organized by Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief charity, and its network of 202 food banks across the county, including Good Shepherd Food Bank in Maine.
Hunger is an issue that almost 49 million people in the US have to face on a year-round basis. In Maine, nearly 200,000 people, or 15 percent of households, do not have access to enough food. One in 4 Maine children lack access to enough food to live a healthy life.
“Bangor Savings is proud to take the lead with the Good Shepherd Food Bank on raising awareness about our nation’s hunger problem and its implications for the state of Maine,” said Jim Conlon, President & CEO of Bangor Savings Bank. “We feel it is important for all of us to recognize our resources, and then use those resources to help those who are less fortunate. With 56 branch locations that stretch across Maine, our goal is to make a very big impact during Hunger Action Month.”
In addition to contributing to “Give a Dollar, Feed a Family,” there are many other ways to get involved during Hunger Action Month:
Take action online.
- Find Good Shepherd Food Bank and Feeding America on Facebook and hit “like”
- Donate your status to hunger
- Share a hunger fact with your friends
Take action in the community.
- Volunteer at the Food Bank’s Auburn warehouse
- Tour Good Shepherd Food Bank
- Find your local food pantry and ask how you can help
Take action in person.
- Wear orange on Sept. 6
- Speak up for national nutrition programs by sending a postcard to your elected official
To learn more about Hunger Action Month activities in Maine, please visit www.MaineHungerAction.org.
Feeding America would like to thank its Hunger Action Month media and corporate partners. For a list of partners, visit http://hungeractionmonth.org/supporters.aspx
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About Good Shepherd Food Bank
The largest hunger relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank provides for those at risk of hunger by acquiring surplus and purchased food and distributing that food to more than 600 partner agencies across Maine. Since 1981, the Food Bank has partnered with individuals, businesses, and farmers to alleviate hunger and build community relationships. In 2011 the Food Bank distributed 13 million pounds of food to families in need. Phone: (207) 782-3554; Website: http://www.gsfb.org; Facebook: facebook.com/feedingmaine; Twitter: twitter.com/feedingmaine.
About Bangor Savings Bank
Bangor Savings Bank, with more than $2.5 billion in assets, offers retail banking and investment management services to Maine consumers as well as comprehensive commercial, corporate, payroll administration, insurance, and small business banking services to Maine businesses. The Bank, founded in 1852, is in its 160th year of service to the people of Maine, with 56 branches and on the Web at www.bangor.com. The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation was created in 1997. Together the Bank and its Foundation invest more than $1.4 million per year into the community in the form of nonprofit sponsorships, grants and partnership initiatives.
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