The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation announced it has granted $14,500 to nine local food pantries. The funding, which was made immediately available, will allow pantries to purchase food and supplies to meet the increased demand of individuals and families impacted by COVID-19.

“With soaring unemployment and decreases in community donations due to the quarantine, it’s been extraordinarily challenging for food pantries to keep shelves stocked to carry out their most important missions. We’re hopeful that these grants from the Foundation will help to provide some relief for local families,” said Kevin Merchant, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jewett City Savings Bank.

The grants were made to food pantries that have been supported by the Foundation in the past. $2,500 grants went to the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry of Danielson, Preston City Congregational Church Food Pantry, Saint Mary Food Pantry of Jewett City and Project PIN Food Pantry of Plainfield.

$1,500 grants went to the Jonnycake Center of Westerly and Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

Receiving $500 grants were the Town of Pomfret Food Pantry, Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group Food Pantry and Interfaith Human Services of Putnam Daily Bread Food Pantry.