A local man is on a huge hike to raise money for animals in need. The Furry Friends Food Bank collects and gives food to seniors in the area who can’t always afford to take care of their pets.It’s organized, in part, through the Eastern Area Agency on Aging. 54-year-old Phil Pepin is hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise money for the food bank. He’s looking for 1,000 people to sponsor him a penny a mile for 2175 miles. If you’re interested, you can contact Ken Banks at the Agency on Aging. The number to call 992-0149.