Gary Donia, left, director of the Hunger Run 5K, and Korry Dow, right, president of Nashoba Valley Medical Center, present Loaves & Fishes Executive Director Patricia Stern with a check for $6.500.

AYER — Nashoba Valley Medical Center recently donated $6,500 to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry Inc., the result of proceeds from the hospital’s annual 5K Hunger Run road race.

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is a nonprofit organization that provides food and temporary support services to residents of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley. The organization also advocates for changes that will promote independence and self-reliance for its clients.

“We are so pleased to provide this donation to our friends at Loaves & Fishes and to help those in our community who are in need,” Nashoba Valley Medical Center President Korry Dow said. “The $6,500 will go a long way to help Loaves & Fishes ensure that our neighbors have enough to eat and can provide food for their families.”

This is the eighth year that Nashoba Valley Medical Center has held the 5K Hunger Run and donated the proceeds to Loaves & Fishes. To learn more about the food pantry, visit