AUBURN – Good Shepherd Food-Bank, the largest charitable hunger relief organization in Maine, honored Barber Foods executive Vice President David Barber at its annual JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award Dinner on Friday.

More than 300 people attended the celebration to honor an outstanding community leader and to advance a great cause.

The award, made in honor of food-bank founder JoAnn Pike, recognizes outstanding leadership in the fight against hunger in Maine.

By partnering with businesses and individuals, the food bank is able to distribute food to more than 70,000 Mainers every month through a network of more than 600 partner agencies. Agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens and after-school programs throughout Maine.

“The food-bank is proud to honor David Barber for his contribution to eliminating hunger,” Executive Director Rick Small said. “The support of Barber Foods is critical to providing nutritious food to the neediest in Maine.”

Under Barber’s leadership, Barber Foods donates more than 1 million meal servings to food banks annually. Barber Foods is the largest provider of protein to Good Shepherd Food-Bank. During the past six years, Barber Foods has donated more than $2 million worth of product to the food bank. Additionally, Barber Foods donates more than $1 million each year to charitable organizations combating hunger and creating better communities.

The event, held at the food bank’s Auburn warehouse, featured a reception, dinner, program and entertainment by comedian Bob Marley.

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