Hannaford makes $400,000 pledge to help Maine children, $5,000 goes to Camp POSTCARD
Volunteers of America's Michael Coon was at the awards ceremony with Hannaford's president Mike Vail in Scarborough.
The program provides new Hannaford Helps funding for young people who face barriers to their success in life. At-risk children will attend local summer camps and youth development programs, and gain access to nutritious food and school supplies, as part of a new $400,000 Hannaford Helps donation.
The gift from Hannaford Supermarkets represents a 10 percent increase in the $4 million in funds that the company and its charitable foundation contribute to local charities each year. All of the new money is focused on helping children who face barriers to their success in life.
"With these Hannaford Helps contributions we are focusing on the fact that a community is only as strong as its next generation," said Hannaford President Mike Vail.
A quarter million dollars of the Hannaford Helps initiative will provide funding for more than 200 low-income children to attend youth development programs focused in increasing their aspirations, giving them new life skills and helping them accomplish their full potential.
"We're really excited about the impact of these donations because of the nature of these organizations," Vail said. "We are proud to support the work of educators, counselors, coaches and volunteers who are so impressive in their commitment to develop young people in the communities where our associates live and work."
The remaining $150,000 will purchase nutritious food for school pantries and other programs focused on helping needy children who are at risk of going hungry, as well as in providing school supplies and gift cards for teachers' use.
Hannaford Helps has set a goal of increasing the amount of meat, produce, bread and other fresh items donated directly from Hannaford stores to community food pantries and meal programs by 20% or 1.5 million meals in 2016. Hannaford donated 14.6 million pounds of rescued food to hunger relief last year.
In Maine, donations are going to the following organizations that collectively serve children across the state:
Bangor YMCA/Camp Jordan $15,000
Camp Susan Curtis $20,000
Maine Youth Alliance $10,000
Camp Postcard $5,000
Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp $5,000
Good Shepherd Food Bank $50,000
60 Maine schools statewide $10,000
About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 187 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.