Camden, Maine, June 18, 2019 – Camden National Bank employees announced that they are making a $13,000 donation to Good Shepherd Food Bank. The employee-raised funds come from snack sales at multiple bank operations centers, plus other fundraisers throughout the year. The donation will go towards the food bank’s $5 million Food for All capital campaign, dedicated to transforming its Hampden facility into a food storage and distribution center for statewide hunger relief.
“On behalf of all my colleagues at Camden National Bank, I am pleased to present this donation to Good Shepherd Food Bank,” said Jared Merritt, Senior Vice President, Treasurer. “We know that children and families across our communities are experiencing food insecurity, and we’re passionate about supporting Good Shepherd’s bold vision to end hunger in Maine.”
Good Shepherd Food Bank purchased the former Bangor Daily News printing plant in Hampden in 2015 and has only been using a portion of that facility for its food distribution operations since 2016. The Food Bank’s $5 million Food for All capital campaign will fund significant renovations, transforming the facility into a food distribution center, including cold storage and freezer space to safely store and extend the shelf life of nutritious, fresh, and perishable foods. Once complete, the distribution center will help the Food Bank more efficiently and equitably serve neighbors in downeast, central, and northern Maine.
“We are grateful to Camden National Bank and its employees for this truly meaningful gift,” said Erin Fogg, Vice President of Development for Good Shepherd Food Bank. “Support from Camden National Bank and other generous donors is giving the Food Bank greater capacity to distribute more meals—and more nutritious meals—via our partner food pantries, shelters, schools, health care practices, and meal sites in every community across the state. This means that our neighbors who are struggling with food insecurity will have increased access to food that will contribute to their health and well-being.”
The $13,000 donation follows a $2,500 contribution Camden National Bank employees made to Good Shepherd Food Bank at an event at the Camden Public Library in September, 2018. Many employees have also enjoyed volunteering at both of the Food Bank’s distribution centers in Auburn and Hampden.” To date, the Food for All campaign has raised nearly $4.1 million.
“We’re incredibly proud of our 650 employees’ impressive efforts in the community—whether it’s fundraising, donating, or volunteering time and expertise,” said Greg Dufour, President and CEO of Camden National Bank. “Grass roots initiatives like this are one of the many ways our employees show their passion for making a real difference in the towns and neighborhoods where they live and work.”
About Camden National Corporation
Camden National Corporation (NASDAQ:CAC), headquartered in Camden, Maine, is the largest publicly traded bank holding company in Northern New England with $4.4 billion in assets and nearly 650 employees. Camden National Bank, its subsidiary, is a full-service community bank founded in 1875 that offers an array of consumer and business financial products and services, accompanied by the latest in digital banking technology to empower customers to bank the way they want. The Bank provides personalized service through a network of 60 banking centers, 71 ATMs, and lending offices in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, all complemented by 24/7 live phone support. Camden National Bank has received nine “Lender at Work for Maine” Awards from the Finance Authority of Maine, and Greenwich Associates named the bank a Customer Experience Leader in U.S. Retail Banking. Comprehensive wealth management, investment and financial planning services are delivered by Camden National Wealth Management. To learn more, visit CamdenNational.com. Member FDIC.
About Good Shepherd Food Bank
Good Shepherd Food Bank works to eliminate hunger in Maine by sourcing and distributing nutritious food to a statewide network of more than 400 partner organizations, building strong community partnerships, and mobilizing the public in the fight to end hunger. In 2018, the Food Bank distributed 25 million meals to families, children, and seniors in need throughout Maine. For more information, visit www.feedingmaine.org.