The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $30,350 to local food pantries and health and social services initiatives, according to an announcement made today by Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.

“Our Foundation awards in these categories are dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of those families and individuals who rely so heavily on the services provided, whatever the reason. We are pleased to help these organizations meet the needs of our neighbors,” said Merchant.

Food Pantries
The food pantry recipients awarded funds for restocking pantry shelves were St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Jewett City, $2,500; Preston City Congregational Church Food Pantry, $2,000; the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson, $2,000; the Town of Pomfret Food Pantry, $500; and Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG), $500. In addition, Project PIN Food Pantry received a $2,000 grant to purchase a used van for the transportation of food donations, and the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center received $1,000 to support its mobile food pantry distribution days in Jewett City.

Health Services
The Foundation awarded $5,000 to the Backus Hospital Capital Campaign for the Plainfield Emergency Care Center, $2,500 to the American Cancer Society in support of the Eastern CT Relay for Life, and $2,000 to the Center for Hospice Care Southeast CT Capital Campaign for a hospice care facility. In addition, Day Kimball Hospital received a $1,000 annual support grant, and the Center for Hospice Care Southeast CT received an annual support award of $500.

Social Services
Several social service organizations received grants for a variety of purposes. Westcott-Wilcox Elderly Residential Housing, Inc. in Danielson was awarded $2,000 to support the purchase and installation of an emergency call monitoring system. With its $1,650 award, the Griswold Senior Center will continue to offer special Tai-Chi classes to seniors, and the Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA) purchased 40 pairs of winter boots for children from low-income families with its $1,200 grant from the Foundation.

In addition, $1,000 grants were awarded to Interfaith Human Services of Putnam to provide baby gift baskets to at-risk and low-income families; the ARC of Quinebaug Valley, Inc. will purchase and install new flooring throughout the second floor recreation room at the Danielson center; and the Eliza Huntington Memorial Home of Norwich, Inc. will use the funds toward a community engagement program for its residents. United Services, Inc. also received a grant in the amount of $1,000 to help fund the capital campaign for the Windham Regional Clinical Center.

St Mary Food Pantry

Kathy Avery stocking shelves at the food pantry.

St Mary Food Pantry 2

Robert Roberge sorting cans at the food pantry.