Two local community organizations recently received donations as a result of Lonza’s Cabin Fever Reliever, which was held in the spring.

The employee-selected beneficiaries of the annual event are St. Bernard’s soup kitchen and Regional School Unit 13 Summer Lunch Program.

More than $2,900 was donated to the two causes, with over $1,900 being directly contributed by the employees. Fundraising was achieved through various means including a Chili/Chowder Challenge, a bake sale, and refreshments sold at the ever-popular lip synch contest.

“Lonza’s Community Relations activities are geared towards making a meaningful impact on as many local people as possible,” said Betty Oakes, site director, in a news release. “This year, the two teams independently chose to support organizations which provide food to people in our community who need it the most.”

The summer lunch program provides meals to children during the months when school is not in session. RSU 13 Food Services prepares and distributes the food. It is estimated that they will serve more than 2,000 lunches this summer. The St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen offers a hot meal to those in need five days a week. The kitchen averages 85 to 100 lunches per day.