AUBURN – Oxford Networks recently partnered with Good Shepherd Food-Bank to improve its statewide technology system by providing a $2,500 grant for new network routers, fire walls and a year of support.

Rich Foisy, the food bank’s supervisor of information technology, said the food bank’s previous system was too old to qualify for support from the vendor. The upgrade will help the agency to be better protected against losing critical system connections, enhance security and improve communications and efficiency with the distribution center in Brewer.

Oxford Networks started as a local telephone and telegraph company in 1900. Since then, it has added new services and more than 600 miles of fiber optic cable throughout southern, central and western Maine and are now able to provide services into New Hampshire.

Good Shepherd is Maine’s largest charitable hunger relief organization, providing food to more than 570 partner agencies throughout the state. Rick Small, executive director, said, “Communications and technology are important in maintaining the food bank’s overall operations. We are grateful for Oxford Network’s contribution to helping us be most efficient in our work.”

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