Atlantic FCU has donated $50,000 to Good Shepherd Food Bank to support its effort to secure more food for those in need during COVID-19. Good Shepherd Food Bank is anticipating a significant decrease in donated food, even though the need to provide meals is high.
“Our staff and Board are incredibly passionate about the Campaign for Ending Hunger in Maine,” said Scott Chretien, President/Chief Executive Officer at Atlantic FCU. “When we were made aware of the critical need from Good Shepherd Food Bank, we felt compelled to act. During this current health crisis, many are challenged and need additional support. We know that in the communities we serve in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, and York counties, there are many who are relying on the services of Good Shepherd Food Bank. As a credit union, we want to help people do better.”
Good Shepherd Food Bank is seeking increased funding to meet the needs of those who are struggling with food insecurity, including those who are recently unemployed. Funds donated will be used to help the food bank and its hunger-relief partners provide essential support in the weeks and months to come.
“Approximately 200,000 Mainers rely on our network every year and 1 in 5 Maine kids are food insecure,” said Kristin Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank. “On a normal day, we provide more than 68,000 meals. With the COVID-19 public health crisis, those numbers will climb and resources to fight hunger will be stretched. Mainers need our support now, and will continue to need our help as we emerge from this crisis.”