(Left to right) Loaves & Fishes’ Board Trustee Betsy Armstrong, First National Bank’s VP, Regional Manager Kyle McKim, Loaves and Fishes’ President of the Board of Trustees Andy Matthews, First National Bank’s President and CEO Tony McKim, Loaves and Fishes’ Pantry Manager Ken Hoogerhyde and First National Bank’s Business Development Officer Amanda Gardner. PHOTO COURTESY FIRST NATIONAL BANK

Bank gives $75K to pantry

ELLSWORTH First National Bank has announced a $75,000 donation to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry — the first major contribution to the pantry’s More Food, More Families, More Often capital campaign.

Loaves & Fishes recently bought the building at 137 Downeast Highway that will become the pantry’s new “forever home.” The property is centrally located, easily accessible and has more than 8,000 square feet of space.

With improved food-handling and storage capabilities, the new location will allow Loaves & Fishes to help more families more often — giving clients access to nutritious food whenever they need it. Once fully renovated, the property also will feature community space to work with other local organizations. Loaves & Fishes hopes to raise the necessary funds to meet its campaign goal and open the doors of the new building by the end of the year.

First National Bank’s contribution will be recognized in the naming of the 3,200-square-foot market. There, pantry clients will be able to shop as often as they need to, rather than just once a month.

“First National Bank is proud to support Loaves & Fishes and their vision,” said President and CEO Tony McKim. “We are grateful for the critical services they provide our neighbors in need in Hancock County.”

To learn more or to contribute, contact Loaves & Fishes’ Board President Andy Matthews at (770)584-2778 or [email protected].

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