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Oxford, Massachusetts – Robert J. Morton, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced that the bank will once again hold its annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraising drive to help stock local food pantries.

This year marks the bank’s 16th year of hosting the program, which invites bank customers, employees, and members of the community to donate money to food pantries during the month of November. All donations will be matched by bankHometown and the total raised will be divided among 13 food pantries across Massachusetts and Connecticut in the communities the bank serves.

In 2018, through contributions and matching donations, the campaign raised $25,000, which resulted in $2,500 contributions to 10 food pantries.

The bank encourages donations of any amount, as contributions of as little as $1 to $5 can help provide as many as 10 to 50 meals. As a giving incentive, the bank will offer those who donate the opportunity to win a $25 gift card at each of its 15 locations.    

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a great example of how a community can 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                                                                                                                           

Executive Secretary
31 Sutton Avenue
Oxford, MA 01450

The food pantries that will be supported in 2019 include:


  • Athol Salvation Army Food Pantry - Athol
  • Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc. Food Pantry - Auburn
  • CARE Food Pantry - Clinton
  • Food Share - Southbridge, Charlton & Sturbridge
  • Friends of the Millbury Seniors - Millbury
  • Ginny’s Helping Hand, Inc. - Leominster
  • Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf - Oxford
  • Sutton Senior Center’s Michael A. Chizy Food Pantry - Sutton
  • Vincent de Paul Food Pantry - Webster


  • Community Kitchens of Northeastern CT - Killingly
  • Daily Bread - Putnam
  • Friends of Assisi - Killingly
  • Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG) - Thompson


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