The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $13,000 in grants to support seven area food pantries. The grants were announced this week by Jewett City Savings Bank President and CEO Kevin Merchant.

“Hunger and food insecurity are serious problems that affect thousands of people in our communities – from all walks of life. We are proud to provide funding to these pantries, which makes food and supplies accessible to individuals and families in need,” said Merchant.

The Foundation awarded grants of $2,500 to four food pantries. Among them were the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson, which will use the funding to provide diapers and stock pantry shelves; Project PIN Food Pantry in Moosup will purchase food supplies as well as a conveyor belt to help unload donations; the Saint Mary Food Pantry in Jewett City; and the Preston City Congregational Church Food Pantry will purchase food and supplies to restock pantry shelves.

Receiving a $1,000 grant was the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut to support the Gemma Moran United Way/Labor Food Center and Mobile Food Pantry, which comes to Jewett City once a month. Also awarded was a grant of $500 to the Town of Pomfret Food Pantry to purchase food and supplies for those in need; and a $1,500 grant to the Jonnycake Center of Westerly to supplement the Emergency Children’s Food Assistance Program.

The United Way Mobile Food Pantry truck comes to Jewett City once a month.