Atlantic Capes Fisheries, with operations in New Bedford and Fall River, has donated 10,000 pounds of restaurant-quality fish to two food banks -- Citizens for Citizens in Fall River, and PACE (People Acting in Community Endeavors) in New Bedford.

The donation of yellowtail flounder, caught by Atlantic Capes boats, will help ensure that those in need in the South Coast area will have access to healthy, fresh food during the current crisis, the company said in a media release.

PACE’s Executive Director Pam Kuechler said families who have never reached out for help before are making use of the food bank, as many are experiencing tough economic times during the pandemic.

“We have seen our numbers skyrocket in the past few weeks," Kuechler stated. "In addition to our Main Food Bank at 166 William Street, we now have a mobile food pantry to serve our most vulnerable neighborhoods.” She said people are particularly interested in healthy options.

CFC has seen a similar increase in demand, said Elizabeth Berube, Executive Director at CFC. She expressed gratitude for the donation.

“With the joint efforts of Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Bob Vanasse of Saving Seafood, and CFC’s driven Community Resources Director Chrystal Arpa, we were able to coordinate a massive donation of 4,500lbs of yellowtail flounder," she stated. "Quality seafood is a rarity for our pantry, so this was a welcome treat to our pantry families.”

“It’s important for us, as part of the South Coast community, to support members of our community who are in need,” said Jeff Bolton, CEO of Atlantic Capes Fisheries. “We hope that this donation of fresh seafood will provide some relief to those experiencing food insecurity during this difficult time.”

Both organizations are asking for the community's support. For more information on how to contribute to both organizations visit PACE at paceinfo.org or call 508-999-9920; and visit CFC at www.cfcinc.org or on Facebook at @citizensforcitizensinc.

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