neighbor pg 8 11-9-23

OXFORD, Mass. — bankHometown is kicking off the bank’s annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors fund-raising drive for 2023 to help support local food pantries.
This marks the 20th year of the bank’s annual appeal, which invites bank customers, employees, and community members to donate money between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30 to help fight food insecurity.
Those who wish to participate have until Nov. 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, Executive Secretary, bankHometown, 31 Sutton Ave., Oxford, MA 01450.
Donations of any amount are encouraged.
As an added incentive to give, the bank offers those who donate the opportunity enter a drawing to win a $25 gift card, which will be awarded at each of its 16 locations.
Connecticut Food Pantries: Community Kitchens of Northeastern CT, Killingly, Daily Bread, Putnam, Friends of Assisi, Killingly, Project PIN Food Pantry, Moosup, and Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group.
The annual appeal is part of the bank’s charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, which reflects the bank’s commitment to making a real difference in the neighborhoods it serves.
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 communities the bank serves. In 2022, through contributions and matching donations, the campaign raised more than $66,000, and since inception has donated more than $331,000.
Massachusetts Food Pantries include: Athol Salvation Army Food Pantry, Auburn Youth and Family Services Food Pantry, CARE Food Pantry, Clinton, Food Share, Southbridge, Charlton & Sturbridge, Friendly House Pantry, Worcester, Ginny’s Helping Hand, Inc., Leominster, Millbury Senior Center Food Pantry, Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf, Sutton Senior Center Michael A. Chizy Food Pantry, St. John’s Food for the Poor, Worcester, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Webster.


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