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Jewett City Savings Bank supports 4 local food pantries with over $10,000 in grants

Kevin C. Merchant, president of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation, announced today that $10,700 was awarded to four area food pantries in the Foundation’s most recent round of funding.
The awards were presented at a reception held recently in Griswold.

“We are pleased to support our local food pantries,” said Merchant, “especially in today’s economy, when so many people are having a difficult time providing even the most basic of needs; having enough food for their families.”

Award recipients
A Foundation grant of $4,600 will help restock the shelves at the St. Mary Food Pantry in Jewett City, where an average of 100 families are served each month. In Danielson, the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry will use the Foundation’s $3,500 donation to help provide food, diapers and vouchers for produce at local farmers’ markets.

The Preston City Congregational Church food pantry will use its $2,100 Foundation grant to provide basic food items and vouchers for farm produce, and the Town of Pomfret’s $500 food pantry award will help restock shelves with non-perishable food items for those residents seeking assistance.

History of giving
The Bank and its Foundation have provided over $60,000 in funding to local food pantries in recent years. In November 2012, the Bank’s “Trade a Token” campaign in the community resulted in a $1,000 donation shared by food pantries in Jewett City, Brooklyn, Moosup, Preston, and Dayville.

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded more than $49,000 to area non-profit organizations in 2012 alone, according to Merchant. In the nine years since its establishment, the Foundation has provided nearly $400,000 in support of local organizations and initiatives in the communities served by the bank.

Pictured from left to right: Kevin Merchant, President of Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation; Harriett Rosiene, Preston City Congregational Church Food Pantry; Stella Dawley, Preston City Congregational Church Food Pantry; Richard Lavoie, Preston City Congregational Church Food Pantry; Jean Cyr, Friends of Assisi Food Pantry, Inc.; Pauline Millette, Friends of Assisi Food Pantry, Inc., and Garry Brown, Town of Pomfret Food Pantry