The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded grants totaling $32,500 to eight local food pantries.
“The food pantries in our community work hard to help provide relief to our neighbors who face food insecurity,” said Michael Alberts, President of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation. “We hope that the grants awarded from the Foundation will help ensure their shelves are full as they work to support our community members in need.”
Grants in the amount of $5,000 each were awarded to stock pantry shelves at Interfaith Human Services of Putnam, Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group, Inc. (TEEG), and Saint Mary Food Pantry in Jewett City. The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, Inc. (PNC) was granted $5,000 to pay for gasoline for two PNC vehicles used for food pantry pick-ups/deliveries and a handicap-accessible van used for free transportation for seniors.
Two grants were awarded to Project Pin Food Pantry, Inc. – a $5,000 grant will fund their new food delivery service, plus a $500 grant awarded in recognition of Jewett City Savings Bank’s former President and CEO, Kevin Merchant.
Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson received $3,500 and the Jonnycake Center of Westerly received $2,500 to stock pantry shelves. The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc. was granted $1,000 for the Mobile Food Pantry at Griswold High School.
This year the Foundation awarded 73 grants totaling $116,000.
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. Since the first grants were awarded in 2004, the Foundation has provided over $1,160,000 in support to local organizations.