NEC member Bangor Savings Bank recently donated $10,000 to the Bangor Region Food Hub Consortium. The consortium includes non-profits and municipalities researching whether a ‘food hub’ should be created in the greater Bangor region.
A food hub collects produce from local farms and prepares it to be marketed in bulk to large consumers, such as hospitals, colleges, restaurants, and supermarkets. The donation from Bangor Savings Bank will support research to determine whether such an institution could be supported in the region. Advocates say that a food hub can help many businesses in the region offer locally grown produce to their customers. The consortium was organized by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and is led by the Orono Economic Development Corporation (OEDC). Members include the City of Old Town, the City of Bangor, Good Shepherd Food Bank, the University of Maine, and the Bangor Area Food Council.
“The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is pleased to support the Bangor Region Food Hub Consortium with a $10,000 grant to help complete a market analysis for the greater Bangor region. The Food Hub analysis is a critical step in developing a potential strategy to connect local farmers with large food-buying institutions in the region to boost the local food economy by helping hospitals, colleges, and universities to meet their goals of increasing their offerings of local foods,” said Yellow Light Breen, the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for Bangor Savings Bank.
The New England Council applauds Bangor Savings Bank for this contribution to the health and economy of the region.