BANGOR – Two organizations are partnering to help families in the greater Bangor community. Hannaford has made a donation to Penquis to help assist those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have found through this pandemic, it’s been a very hard time for all families, but our lower income families in our communities have been hit hardest,” said Jim Hamilton, vice president of Hannaford Supermarkets.
This is part of a larger donation from Hannaford.
“We’re donating as an organization $250,000 that will run from New England to New York,” Hamilton said.
Hannaford presented Penquis with a check of $25,000 on Wednesday.
“This very generous donation from Hannaford will allow us to assist families to meet needs that are going unmet or are a struggle for them to meet now with the pandemic,” said Heidi LeBlanc, chief operating officer for Penquis.
According to President and CEO of Penquis Kara Hay, this money will go to support the Penquis Basic Needs Fund.
“Which will help to purchase technology for children who need access for school or for families who need access for telehealth appointments and individuals who are in recovery who need access to their recovery supports, as well as to provide food and clothing and other basic need,” Hay said.
“We know that it’s time to give back to these families to help them with basic needs, like housing support and child care support, nutritious food on the table and other support that will help them pay bills, so that they don’t fall deeper into debt,” Hamilton said.
LeBlanc said they hope to help close to 500 families with this money.
“It’s a significant, significant donation and incredibly generous,” LeBlanc said. “We will use it wisely.”