Bank of America Maine Market President Bill Williamson has been honored by Good Shepherd Food Bank for his efforts to combat hunger in the state. Williamson was presented the 2015 JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award at a banquet in April. “Because of Bill’s outstanding level of commitment to supporting the communities and people of Maine, and his dedication to fighting hunger, this was a perfect fit,” said Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank. “The Food Bank is honored to give him this award in recognition of his efforts.”
The award is named after Good Shepherd’s founder, JoAnn Pike, who started the Food Bank out of her home in 1981. From those early days, when Pike would bring food to a few neighbors in need, the organization has grown to distribute 21 million pounds of food annually throughout Maine.
Fifteen percent of Maine households face hunger, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. It’s estimated that one in four Maine children does not get the nutritious food needed to grow and thrive. Good Shepherd Food Bank is committed to working with partners across the state to find solutions to the problem of hunger.
In addition to his work with the Food Bank, Williamson is a board member of Educate Maine, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Greater Portland and the Alfond Scholarship Fund.