SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Local food banks are in need during this public health crisis. With uncertainty surrounding the path this virus will take, food banks are experiencing unprecedented demand as the COVID-19 pandemic starts to grip our state.

In a press release, Hannaford Supermarkets announced its commitment to donating $250,000 to support area food banks. The money will be distributed to food banks in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York.

Hannaford is also kicking off a register and store kiosk donation program at all Hannaford grocery stores, making it easy for those who want to donat.

Customers can donate at the register with a $5 or $10 dollar donation or with a cash donation at the kiosk, which will be located at the front of the stores.

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"During these times of uncertainty, it's important we all pull together to help one another. Hannaford has a long tradition of nourishing communities and this donation is just one way that we can help and extend care to those who need it most," Hannaford President Mike Vail said.

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The list of recipients for the donation are as follows:

Maine: Good Shepherd Food Bank

New Hampshire: New Hampshire Food Bank

Massachusetts: Worcester County Food Bank

Vermont: Vermont Food Bank

New York: Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York

The Hannaford Commitment will be dispersed as follows:

Maine: 

  • Good Shepherd Food Bank, $100,000

New Hampshire

  • New Hampshire Food Bank $50,000

Massachusetts:

  • Worcester County Food Bank, $10,000;
  • Greater Boston Foodbank, $5,000;
  • Valley Food Bank, $5,000

Vermont:

  • Vermont Food Bank, $25,000

New York:

  • Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York, $50,000;
  • Food Bank Central New York, $5,000

For website donations, please use the following links:

Good Shepherd Food Bank: https://www.gsfb.org/covid-19-partner-agency-updates/

New Hampshire Food Bank: https://www.nhfoodbank.org/COVID-19/

Worcester County Food Bank: https://foodbank.org/2020/03/covid-19-updates/

Merrimack Valley Food Bank: https://mvfb.org/home/merrimack-valley-food-bank-response-to-covid-19/

Vermont Food Bank: https://www.vtfoodbank.org/2020/03/covid-19-update.html

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York: https://regionalfoodbank.net/food-bank-memo-regarding-covid-19/

Food Bank of Central New York: https://www.foodbankcny.org/our-programs/corona/?_ga=2.61827372.102601224.1584711477-1910572227.1584711476

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