LEWISTON — A proud dad bragging about his daughter inspired a generous gift to a local food pantry.

While attending a party hosted by the non-profit Taste of the NFL, George Long of Wales told the event organizer about his daughter’s efforts to support hunger relief in the Lewiston/Auburn area by volunteering at the St. Mary’s Food Pantry.

Max Kittle from the Taste of the NFL was so impressed by George’s daughter’s work that the Long family was selected to present a check for $5,000 on behalf of Taste of the NFL to the food pantry.

Through their “Party with a Purpose” fundraisers, the Taste of the NFL rallies chefs and the NFL players to support hunger relief. Over the past 23 years, the organization has donated more than $22 million to food pantries across the country.

St. Mary’s Food Pantry, part of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, is the largest pantry in Androscoggin County and serves 375 people per week. It is open from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday at 208 Bates St.

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