The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $12,000 to support programs and services provided by seven area food pantries. The grants were announced this week by Jewett City Savings Bank President and CEO Kevin Merchant.

“Our local food pantries help many of our neighbors meet very basic needs,” said Merchant. “Food insecurity is a serious challenge for individuals and families who need a helping hand when times are tough. We’re pleased to be able to help.”

Foundation awards in the amount of $2,500 each will meet the immediate needs of four food pantries. Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson will use its grant to stock pantry shelves and to continue its diaper program. Preston City Congregational Church Food Pantry and Saint Mary Food Pantry in Jewett City will purchase food to stock pantry shelves, while Project PIN Food Pantry in Moosup will use its award to obtain a propane generator for backup during power outages to prevent the loss of perishable foods.

The Foundation’s $1,000 grant to United Way of Southeastern Connecticut will support the Gemma Moran United Way/Labor Food Center and Mobile Food Pantry, which comes to Jewett City once a month. The Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group will use its $500 award to strengthen its Food Security Program, and the Town of Pomfret Food Pantry will apply its $500 award to the purchase of food and miscellaneous products for residents in need in that community.

In November, the Bank also sponsored a food drive with the Better Val-U market in Lisbon and K-Hits radio. Bank staff helped collect over 2,000 pounds of food and turkeys, and $2,350 in donations for the Gemma Moran/United Way Labor Food Center. These donations also help to support our local food pantries that rely on the food center to stock their pantry shelves.

JCSB employees volunteering at the food drive.

Jewett City Savings Bank employees volunteering at the food drive.