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6 local food pantries share $15,800 from Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation

Six local food pantries recently received grants totaling $15,800 from the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation.

The awards were made to pantries that serve residents in need of assistance in communities served by the Bank. They included the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson, Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London, Preston City Congregational Church, St. Mary Food Pantry in Jewett City, Town of Pomfret Food Pantry, and the Project PIN Food Pantry in Moosup.

Project PIN, which provides food to nearly 900 individuals a month, will use its $4,300 donation from the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation to purchase additional refrigeration appliances at its location in the basement of All Hallows School in Moosup. In Danielson, the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry will purchase not only food but also diapers with its $2,000 award.

The Foundation’s $1,500 gift to the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London will be used to support the Center’s mobile food pantry program, which serves an average of 1,000 households each month at its distribution sites including Jewett City.

The additional awards, ranging from $500 to $5,000 each, will all be used to purchase food for existing programs in the communities they serve.

“The food pantries in our area are vital resources for those who have no place else to turn,” said Kevin Merchant, president of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation. “We are proud to partner with these organizations to help assure that no one goes without, especially at this time of year.”