bankHometown Supports Local Food Pantries with 18th Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fundraiser
Oxford, Massachusetts, October 15, 2021 – Robert J. Morton, president and CEO of bankHometown, announced the start of the bank’s annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraising drive for 2021 to help support local food pantries.
This marks the bank’s 18th year of hosting the program, which invites bank customers, employees, and members of the community to donate money toward food pantries throughout the month of November. All donations (up to $2,500 per customer) will be matched dollar for dollar by bankHometown and the total raised will be divided among participating food pantries across Massachusetts and Connecticut in the communities the bank serves.
In 2020, through contributions and matching donations, the campaign raised $32,200 and resulted in $2,300 contributions to 14 participating food pantries. Over the years, the program has contributed more than $225,000 to help fight food insecurity.
The bank encourages donations of any amount, with contributions of as little as $1 to $5 helping to provide 10 to 50 meals. As an added incentive to give, the bank will offer those who donate the opportunity to win a $25 gift card at each of its locations.
“Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a great example of how communities come together to help others in need,” said Morton. “bankHometown is proud to lead this annual giving tradition and thankful to our valued customers and employees who selflessly give each year.”
Those who wish to participate have until November 30 to make their donations. Checks should be made payable to “bankHometown Neighbors” and can be dropped off at any bankHometown branch or mailed to:
Mary C. Mulrenin
31 Sutton Avenue
Oxford, MA 01450
The food pantries that will be supported this year include:
- Athol Salvation Army Food Pantry
- Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc. Food Pantry
- CARE Food Pantry - Clinton
- Food Share - Southbridge, Charlton & Sturbridge
- Friendly House Pantry, Worcester
- Friends of the Millbury Seniors
- Ginny’s Helping Hand, Inc. - Leominster
- Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf
- Sutton Senior Center’s Michael A. Chizy Food Pantry
- St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry - Webster
- Community Kitchens of Northeastern CT - Killingly
- Daily Bread - Putnam
- Friends of Assisi - Killingly
- Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG)
Founded in 1889, bankHometown is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts, and has $1.3 billion in assets and 16 branches located throughout central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. Through its sponsorship and charitable giving program, bankHometown and the Hometown Bank Community Foundation support non-profit organizations and causes throughout Worcester and Windham Counties. In 2020, the bank and foundation donated more than $346,000 and over the last five years donated more than $1.4 million. For more information, visit bankhometown.com.