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Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation grants $13,000 to local food pantries

According to Kevin C. Merchant, president of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation, $13,000 was awarded to five area food pantries in the Foundation’s most recent round of funding.

Nearly all of the recipients accepted their Foundation awards at a reception held in early December. One exception was the St. Mary Food Pantry in Jewett City, whose $5,000 grant was delivered early, after the Bank learned that the Pantry did not have the donations or resources to provide Thanksgiving holiday foods to those in need.

“We are pleased to be able to help in this way,” said Merchant, “especially in today’s economy, when so many people are having a difficult time feeding themselves and their families.”

In Danielson, the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry received a Foundation grant of $4,500 for the purchase of diapers, gift cards for emergency items, and grocery cards. Community Kitchens of Northeastern CT, Inc. received $1,000 to purchase food, paper goods, and other necessities for the provision of hot meals at five sites.

The Preston City Congregational Church received $2,000 to stock food pantry shelves and provide vouchers for farm produce, and the Town of Pomfret Food Pantry received $500 from the Foundation to help sustain its program for individuals and families in need in that community.

The grants awarded by the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation in 2011 totaled $52,300, supporting a variety of community initiatives in the Bank’s marketplace.

FOOD PANTRY GRANTS awarded by Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation are celebrated by: Front (l to r) – Stella Dawley and Harriett Rosiene, Preston City Congregational Church Food Pantry; and Laura Kroll, Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson. Rear – Phyllis Jaeger and Brenda Tupaj, Community Kitchens of Northeastern CT; Kevin Merchant, Foundation president; Garry Brown, Town of Pomfret Food Pantry; and Paul Baillargeon, Saint Mary Food Pantry in Jewett City