New School Pantry Announced at Edward Little High School
Made possible by Local Dunkin’ Donuts
June 25, 2013 (Auburn, Maine) – In Maine, 1 in every 4 children are food insecure and there has been a 50% increase in the number of Mainers facing hunger within the past nine years. On Tuesday, June 25 local Dunkin’ Donuts business owners will help to combat this issue by pledging $5,000 to start the first school pantry at Edward Little High School in Auburn. The School Pantry Program is a child hunger initiative that helps to ensure that low-income families have a readily accessible source of healthy and nutritious food to prepare at home.
To announce the new school pantry, the Dunkin’ Donuts CommUNITY Crew will hold a “pre-launch” and check presentation event at Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn. In attendance will be members of Good Shepherd, Edward Little High School Assistant Principal Steve Galway, and local Auburn Dunkin’ Donuts representative, Bob Seavey. The school pantry will officially open at the start of the school year.
“We are so appreciative of the local Dunkin’ Donuts business owners for their pledge and for allowing the school pantry at Edward Little to come to fruition,” said Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank. “In our continuous journey to end hunger in Maine, it is a great boost for morale to team up with business owners right in our community.”
For 32 years, Good Shepherd Food Bank has worked diligently to establish essential partnerships with many others concerned about ending needless hunger here in Maine. Good Shepherd is just one example of the dedication local Dunkin’ Donuts owners have to give back to their communities.
“As a school principal, I know children cannot be successful learners if they are experiencing hunger and the simple truth is that we have students who are vulnerable to food insecurity.” said Edward Little Assistant Principal, Steve Galway. “On behalf of the Edward Little High School community I sincerely thank Dunkin’ Donuts for their tremendous pledge – this will truly make a difference in the lives of our students.”
For more information about Good Shepherd Food Bank visit: www.feedingmaine.org
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 food donations and purchasing food at wholesale prices, then distributing the food to more than 600 partner agencies. Since 1981, the Food Bank has partnered with individuals, businesses, farmers and other nonprofits to alleviate hunger and build community relationships. In 2012, the Food Bank distributed 13 million pounds of food to individuals and families throughout Maine. Website: www.feedingmaine.org; Phone: (207) 782-3554; Facebook; www.facebook.com/feedingmaine; Twitter: www.twitter.com/feedingmaine
About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for seven years running. The company has more than 10,500 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts’ restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.9 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.