First National Bank Donates $10,000 to AIO Food and Energy Assistance

By First National Bank | May 21, 2020
Photo by: First National Bank (L to R) First National Bank’s VP, Senior Business Development Officer, Jake Miller, AIO Food and Energy Assistance Board President, Liz Jenkins, First National Wealth Management’s Business Development Officer, Necole Janczura, and AIO’s Warehouse Manager, Joe Ryan receiving a check for $10,000 from First National Bank.

ROCKLAND, ME – First National Bank recently announced a $10,000 donation to AIO Food and Energy Assistance to support their More Food, More Often new building campaign.

Celebrating 30 years of service, AIO Food and Energy Assistance is currently in the process of building and renovating a new 3,800 square foot facility at 1A Gordon Drive in Rockland. More than doubling the size of their current adjacent location, it will also create a streamlined and comfortable experience for their clients in Knox County. They will be able to accept, process and store more food supplies, including fresh produce in a new root cellar. Glass-door refrigeration units will allow food items to be clearly displayed and organized. A comfortable waiting room will provide community resource information and private offices will be available for Energy Assistance Program appointments, referrals to the best fit resources, and expanded social service consultations in the future.

“Maine’s food pantries provide a critical service and are more important than ever.” said Tony McKim, President and CEO of First National Bank. “We’re proud to support AIO Food and Energy Assistance as they work hard to build and expand community services in Knox County.”

Good Shepherd Food Bank is projecting food insecurity could increase by as much as 39% translating from 13% to 18% or as many as 240,000 Mainers struggling with hunger in 2020. Today, more than 400 families a month utilize the AIO Food Pantry.

“It’s going to be wonderful to have both of our food assistance programs—food pantry and backpack program- on the same campus, allowing us to streamline food acquisition and distribution operations. Nearly 1 out of 5 of our neighbors utilize the services of AIO across our county, including the islands,” said Liz Jenkins, AIO Food and Energy Assistance Board President. “This generous financial support for our new facility from First National Bank is a testament to their ongoing commitment to support those who are food insecure. From our new building we will truly be able to serve More Food, More Often.”

AIO Food and Energy Assistance is in the final stretch of a $1.2 million dollar campaign to support their new building- they are 85% of the way there, with $184,000 left to raise.

For more information about AIO’s campaign or to find out ways to help email Liz Jenkins at boardpresident@aiofoodpantry.org or visit www.aiofoodpantry.org.

First National Bank is an independent community bank with 16 offices in Lincoln, Knox, Hancock, Washington and Penobscot Counties.  For more information about First National Bank, please call 1-800-564-3195 or visit www.thefirst.com

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