AUBURN – Good Shepherd Food Bank today announced that it will award the 2015 JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award to Bill Williamson, Maine Market President for Bank of America. The award will be presented at a banquet at the Food Bank in April.
Each year Good Shepherd Food Bank selects an award recipient in honor of its founder, JoAnn Pike. This year the Food Bank is inviting the community to come together to honor an outstanding leader and advance the important mission of ending hunger in Maine.
Fifteen percent of Maine households face hunger, according to USDA statistics. It is estimated that one in four Maine children does not get the nutritious food they need to grow and thrive. Good Shepherd Food Bank is committed to working with partners across the state to find solutions to the problem of hunger.
“Because of Bill’s outstanding level of commitment to supporting the communities and people of Maine, and his dedication to fighting hunger, this was a perfect fit,” said Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank. “The Food Bank is honored to give him this award in recognition of his efforts.”
Williamson describes himself as an ardent supporter of efforts to end hunger in Maine. Working with Good Shepherd Food Bank and other hunger relief organizations, he contributes expertise to assist with advocacy, fundraising and strategic planning.
“Good Shepherd Food Bank has been helping to fight hunger in our community for more than 30 years,” said Williamson. “The efforts of the Food Bank and its partners continue to make a tremendous impact on the lives of individuals and families in need.”
Williamson serves as Bank of America’s leader in Maine and focuses on integrating Bank of America business lines across the state. He also directs the company’s local corporate social responsibility program, which includes philanthropy, community development, environmental initiatives, diversity efforts, arts and culture projects, and volunteerism.
Additionally, Williamson serves as a Senior Client Manager in Bank of America’s Commercial Banking Group for Northern New England, bringing 33 years of commercial banking experience to the role. Currently, he manages the commercial banking needs of a diverse group of public and private companies in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Williamson is a board member of Educate Maine, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Greater Portland, and the Alfond Scholarship Fund. Previously, he worked in the field of education as Director of Development for Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Vermont Academy in Saxton’s River, Vermont. He has served as a Director of School Administrative District #51 in Cumberland, Maine and as a board member of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce and the Susan Curtis Foundation.
For information about sponsoring this event please contact Julie Guerette at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 782-3554 ext. 1164.
About Good Shepherd Food Bank
As the largest hunger relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank provides for Mainers facing hunger by distributing nutritious food to 600 partner agencies across the state, including food pantries, meal sites, and youth programs. Together with its network, the Food Bank leads a statewide effort to combat the root causes of hunger by engaging in advocacy, nutrition education, and strategic partnerships. In 2013, the Food Bank distributed 15 million pounds of food to families, children, and seniors in need throughout Maine. Website: www.feedingmaine.org; Phone: (207) 782-3554; Facebook: www.facebook.com/feedingmaine; Twitter: www.twitter.com/feedingmaine.
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