The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $13,000 to six local food pantries. The funding from the grants will allow pantries to purchase food and supplies to support the needs of the families and individuals in our communities.

Holding the ceremonial check representing the Jewett City Saving Bank Foundation’s donation to the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut are (l-r) Michael Alberts, President and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank and Dina Sears-Graves, President and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut.

“As our community continues to feel the impacts of the pandemic, food pantries continue to work hard to ensure the shelves are full to help provide relief to the individuals and families who face hunger and food insecurity. We hope that the grants awarded from the Foundation will help the pantries continue to pursue their missions,” said Michael Alberts, President of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation.

The Foundation awarded two food pantries $3,000 grants. The Friends of Assisi Food Pantry of Danielson will be using the grant to stock the shelves and purchase supplies for their diaper program. The second recipient, Saint Mary Food Pantry of Jewett City, will purchase goods to restock their food and supplies on their shelves.

A $2,500 grant was awarded to Project PIN Food Pantry of Moosup to provide fresh produce with holiday food distributions.  The Jonnycake Center of Westerly received a $2,000 grant to supplement their emergency food assistance program.  The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center will provide milk to patrons of their food bank with their $1,500 grant, and a $1,000 grant to the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut will fund the mobile food pantry distribution at the Griswold Senior Center.

This year the Foundation awarded 64 grants totaling over $70,000. The Foundation has provided over $1,000,000 in support to local organizations since the first grants were awarded in 2004. The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation was established by Jewett City Savings Bank to reinforce, encourage and support the Bank’s ongoing commitment to the well-being of the communities it serves.