AUBURN, Mass. – Hometown Bank, which recently opened a branch in Auburn, presented $2,200 to the Auburn Youth and Family Services' food pantry this holiday season.
Last week, Hometown Bank concluded its ninth annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign in support of local food pantries with a record total donation of $13,200. That represents contributions from personal and business customers as well as employees and a dollar-for-dollar matching gift from the bank.
Individual checks in the amount of $2,200 were presented to each of six participating food pantries at a holiday reception at Hometown Bank’s Oxford branch Dec. 12.
Each year, the bank’s customers are invited to be a Hometown Hero for a $1 donation or a Hometown Superhero for a $5 donation. Then, Hometown Bank matches all donations and divides the funds among food pantries that serve the areas near its six branches, which include Auburn Youth and Family Services, Athol Salvation Army Emergency Food Pantry, Wheat Community Services of Clinton, Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf, Southbridge Food Share and the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry of Webster.
“Our Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign is a way for Hometown Bank and its customers to make a real difference in the lives of local residents,” Hometown Bank President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik said. “We applaud the Herculean efforts of these agencies and those committed volunteers who join us for this event year after year.”
In addition to the in-branch fund drive, the bank also sent letters to business customers inviting their help and contributions, which the bank matches dollar for dollar.
This year’s donations bring the total amount of contributions since the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program was started in 2004 to $48,200.