Posted: 08/28/2022 12:17:52
Modified: 08/28/2022 12:14:12 PM
GREENFIELD – The Franklin County Community Meals Program and Greenfield Savings Bank are teaming up next month to raise money to feed those in need across the county.
Between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30, the bank will match donations up to a total of $5,000, according to Franklin County Community Meals Program Executive Director Rachel Berggren.
“(Greenfield Savings Bank) has supported our organization for some time, whether through one-time donations or by providing volunteer groups to serve at our community meal sites,” Berggren said of the partnership.
The program regularly operates community meal sites in Greenfield, Turners Falls, Orange and Northfield, as well as a food pantry in Orange.
“Inflation has made it harder than ever for many people in our region who are struggling to provide basic food needs for their families,” said John Howland, President and CEO of Greenfield Savings Bank, in a statement. “With the GSB Challenge Grant, your donation is matched by our bank, and therefore goes further in helping people in our community.”
Berggren said the Franklin County Community Meals Program recently launched a new partnership initiative called the Community Sponsorship Program, and Greenfield Savings Bank was the first local business to participate.
“We want other businesses to know that this is an opportunity to have a social impact and … and the community to know that even the business world has the backs of our neighbors in need,” she said. . “That’s what we’re looking to do: build community.”
The $5,000 Challenge Grant comes as community groups plan events in recognition of Hunger Action Month. On September 12, the Franklin County Community Meals Program will hold its 18th annual “Hope Against Hunger” auction at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The event will be sponsored by Greenfield Savings Bank. The Greenfield Recorder is also a sponsor.
Donations to the meal program can be made online at fccmp.org/donate.
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