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Food Bank Selects Dead River Company as Honoree for 2013 JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award

Good Shepherd Food Bank Selects Dead River Company as Honoree for 2013 JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award

Celebratory Gala will be Held at the Food Bank in Auburn on April 4

Auburn, ME – Dead River Company will be honored with the JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award at a gala dinner at Good Shepherd Food Bank on April 4, 2013. Dead River Company has become a leader in Maine hunger relief efforts in recent years, in addition to supporting numerous other charitable causes throughout northern New England.

Each year Good Shepherd Food Bank selects an award recipient in honor of its founder, JoAnn Pike, who started a food bank in her home in 1981 to provide food for her neighbors in need. This year the Food Bank is inviting the community to come together to honor an outstanding family-owned, Maine-based business and advance the important mission of ending hunger in Maine.

Through its Share the Warmth charitable giving program, Dead River has made a commitment to giving back to the community with a primary focus on food and heating assistance.  Over the past two years, the company donated over $250,000 in food and heating assistance, including providing the needed funds for Good Shepherd Food Bank to purchase a tractor trailer truck.  “Charitable gifts are just one way in which Dead River Company delivers on our promise to support the most basic necessities of life – food and fuel,” stated Bob Moore, Dead River Company president.  “Our employees are also directly involved through acts of volunteerism, local fundraising efforts and food drives.”

Dead River Company is supportive of multiple charitable causes beyond hunger relief and fuel assistance. As a strong advocate of education, Dead River Company supports Junior Achievement of Maine, Jobs for Maine Graduates, Maine College Circle, the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges, and Educate Maine.  As a believer in the benefits they bring to a community, Dead River Company has long sponsored  the arts, including programming at the Portland Museum of Arts, Portland Ovations, Maine State Music Theatre, Houlton Community Arts Center and both the Bangor and Portland Symphony Orchestras.  Throughout its northern New England footprint, Dead River Company also supports myriad local nonprofits in the many communities it serves.

Its outstanding level of commitment to supporting the people of New England, and especially its dedication to fighting hunger, has earned Dead River Company the 2013 JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award.

Fifteen percent of Maine households lack access to enough nutritious food and one in four Maine children face hunger each day. The Food Bank is the primary hub of Maine’s hunger relief network, partnering with 600 local hunger relief agencies throughout the state to feed more than 100,000 people each month. Due to efficiencies in the food banking system, Good Shepherd Food Bank provides 3 meals to Maine families with each dollar donated to the organization.

This celebration will serve as a signature opportunity to raise funds needed to eliminate hunger in Maine communities. Sponsors for the event include Hannaford Supermarkets, TD Bank, and WEX.

For information about sponsoring this event please visit or contact Julie Sexton at or (207) 782-3554 ext. 1164.

About Dead River Company

Founded in 1909 by Charles Hutchins, Dead River Company originated in the forest products industry, along the banks of the Dead River, from which the company took its name. Today, Dead River Company is the largest retailer of home heating products in northern New England. Offering an expanded energy portfolio, the company also sells around-the-clock and off-peak electricity supply in Maine.  Known for their highly-skilled and quality technical services, Dead River Company designs, installs and services cooling systems, as well as heating equipment fueled by oil, propane, kerosene, natural gas and electricity.  Energy professionals provide 24- hour emergency response service, as well as advice on how to achieve fuel conservation and efficiency goals.  To help large commercial and institutional customers reduce their overall energy costs, the company is now selling and delivering compressed natural gas in northern, central and eastern Maine.  The company’s Dead River Properties division is actively engaged in commercial real estate, developing, owning and managing a large portfolio of properties from Maine to Florida. For more information, visit   

About Good Shepherd Food Bank

The largest hunger relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank provides for those at risk of hunger by soliciting and distributing surplus food to more than 600 partner agencies.  Since 1981, the Food Bank has partnered with individuals, businesses, farmers and nonprofits to alleviate hunger and build community relationships.  In 2012, the Food Bank distributed 13 million pounds of food to families and individuals throughout Maine.  Website:  Phone:  (207) 782-3554. Facebook:  Twitter: