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Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation Announces Grants to Support Five Connecticut Food Pantries

Five Connecticut food pantries awarded a total of $11,500 in grants to provide critical food items to needy residents and improve pantry facilities

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $11,500 in grants to five Connecticut food pantries to purchase much-needed food and related items for those in need and to support the pantries’ additional programming to extend their reach into their service areas. These grants will help local food pantries achieve their mission of reducing food insecurity in eastern Connecticut.

The five food pantries receiving grants are Preston City Congregational Church, St. Mary Food Pantry, Town of Pomfret Food Pantry, Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, and the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry, Inc.

Preston City Congregational Church, located in Preston, received a $2,500 award to provide basic food needs and items for holiday meals to local families, as well as certificates to local farmer’s markets.

Located in Jewett City, St. Mary Food Pantry received a $5,000 award, with $2,800 designated to purchase and install a much-needed propane tank to ensure generator-driven power to the pantry’s refrigeration unit during power failures. The remaining funds will be used to purchase food for those in need. The pantry serves residents of Griswold, Jewett City, Lisbon, Voluntown and surrounding towns.

The Town of Pomfret Food Pantry was awarded a $500 grant to provide food and basic needs to the town’s residents requiring assistance.

Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center of New London received a $1,500 award to support their Mobile Food Pantry’s scheduled distribution dates in the Town of Griswold. Each year, the Food Center distributes more than two million pounds of donated, surplus food to nearly 100 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, child care centers, community meal sites, and programs for the elderly. These member agencies in turn provide food and meals to 20,000 men, women and children throughout New London County each month.

The Friends of Assisi Food Pantry, Inc. in Danielson was awarded a $2,000 grant to continue the organization’s diaper donation program, distribute farmer’s market vouchers, and provide pantry support staff. The pantry serves residents of the Killingly, Danielson and Brooklyn areas.

These donations are part of Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation’s commitment to help improve the resources of food pantries in local high-need communities. In the past year, the Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 to help 38 local nonprofit organizations carry out their missions. According to Kevin Merchant, Foundation President, since its inception ten years ago the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 to support organizations in its service area.

Food Pantry Coordinators (L-R); Stella Dawley, Laurie Waldron, Betsy Hopkins and Harriet Rosiene (not pictured) with Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation President, Kevin Merchant.

Food Pantry Coordinators (L-R); Stella Dawley, Laurie Waldron, Betsy Hopkins and Harriet Rosiene (not pictured) with Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation President, Kevin Merchant.