Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL), a broadband and business communications provider, has made a $10,000 contribution to Good Shepherd Food Bank as part of its efforts to support individuals and families affected by COVID-19 in the communities it serves.

Record numbers of people are experiencing hunger due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. With many unemployed as businesses closed and schools curtailed feeding programs, the demand on food banks and food pantries has grown exponentially.

“Pre-pandemic, Maine had approximately 180,000 people struggling with food insecurity and we believe this number could climb to as high as 250,000 people, based on projections from Feeding America,” said Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank. “Unfortunately, Maine’s children will see the highest increase in levels of food insecurity. We are extremely grateful for Consolidated Communications’ donation and dedication to helping to fight hunger in Maine.”

Recognizing the increased need, Consolidated is endeavoring to help important local programs providing nutritious food and meals to those who are food insecure by committing a total of $75,000 across its service area.

More information on the company’s response to COVID-19 and how it is helping customers is available at consolidated.com/covid.