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February 7, 2020
MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS —bankHometown recently donated $3,000 to cover annual transportation costs for the local Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers more than 18,000 meals a year to homebound seniors. With bankHometown’s recent merger with Millbury Savings, the program’s primary private contributor for the past 14 years, contributions from the combined banks now total $38,000.
Meals on Wheels is a federally sponsored program, administered locally by the Council on Aging, that delivers hot meals to homebound individuals age 60 and older. In Millbury, a pool of volunteer drivers works five days a week, year-round, to deliver up to 80 meals per day. While federal funding covers the cost of the food, transportation subsidies must be raised locally.
“Meals on Wheels is critical to ensuring that our local, homebound residents get a nutritious, prepared meal each day,” said Robert J. Morton, bankHometown’s president and chief executive officer. “bankHometown is happy to continue the Millbury Savings Bank commitment as the sole transportation sponsor for this important program.”
“Many times, our volunteer driver is the only person a senior sees during the day, so delivering the meal lets us check on their well-being, too,” said Council on Aging Director Judith O’Connor. “We’re thankful that, with this continued support from bankHometown, our services will carry on.”
In the Photo:
bankHometown President and CEO Rob Morton (at back) with the team of volunteers who prepares and delivers the Meals on Wheels program meals.
bankHometown was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts. bankHometown has $1.0 billion in assets and 15 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 2018, the bank and foundation donated more than $200,000 to over 110 organizations. For more information, visit bankhometown.com.
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