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Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation Awards $11.5K to Area Food Pantries

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $11,500 to seven area food pantries. Announcement of the grants was made today by Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.

“Without the vital services provided by our food pantries, any number of our neighbors could go hungry,” said Merchant. “We never want to see that happen, and we’re pleased to be able to help in any way we can.”

Awards in the amount of $2,500 each were made to Preston City Congregational Church Food Pantry in Preston and St. Mary Food Pantry in Jewett City for food to stock pantry shelves and provide staples for holiday meals. An additional $2,500 grant went to Project PIN Food Pantry in Moosup to help fund the purchase of a used van that will be used to pick up fresh meat and produce donated by local markets.

The sum of $2,000 was awarded to Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson to continue its diaper program and farmer’s market voucher program, to purchase food for pantry shelves, and to provide baby wipes. A grant of $1,000 to Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center in Gales Ferry will support the Center and its monthly Mobile Food Pantry visits to the St. Mary Food Pantry.

According to Merchant, the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $81,550 in grants to sixty-one local organizations that provide important services or enhance the quality of life in our communities.

In addition, Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG) in North Grosvenordale received $500 from the Foundation for the purchase of fresh produce and healthy proteins for its Food Security Program. The Town of Pomfret Food Pantry was also awarded $500 for food pantry purchases.

Project PIN Food Pantry

Donations to Project PIN Food Pantry in Moosup are always given a thumbs up.