Company calls for help feeding hungry

8 years ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Dead River Company is once again taking part in Hunger Action Month and inviting northern New Englanders to help keep their friends and neighbors fed.

Company officials said in Maine, 202,910 people, including one in every four children do not have enough food on a daily basis. During Hunger Action month, they offer a simple way for the public to help those in need.

From now until Sept. 18, people can submit a back-to-school photo and the company will donate $5 to a local food bank. Additionally, for every new “like” on Dead River’s Facebook page, they will donate another $5, for a total combined donation of up to $10,000. In Maine, donations will go to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, which services much of the state.

“As children across New England head back to school, we’re reminded that school breakfast and lunch programs are often the keys to keeping children from going hungry, so it’s appropriate that September is Hunger Action Month,” said Deanna Sherman, president and CEO of Dead River Company.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to fighting food insecurity and hunger, Dead River Company is continuing to help raise awareness and provide ongoing support to food banks and pantries in its service areas in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and northern Massachusetts — where the need is great.”

Healthy food is the fuel children need to keep them going and growing. Having enough healthy food also allows them to stay focused and do better in school, and a good education is key to helping break the cycle of poverty that leaves so many families food insecure. Many children rely heavily on food programs to get the healthy meals their developing minds need.

“Children can’t learn on an empty stomach,” said Sherman. “If they can’t learn, they can’t thrive and we need our young people to grow up healthy and eager to learn. This is an easy way to raise awareness within the community and to raise much needed funds.”

According to Feeding America, each dollar donated to fight hunger equals 11 meals. “Together, we can provide 110,000 meals to our friends and neighbors across New England.

All money donated by Dead River Company will be distributed among the local food banks in the company’s service area.