The holiday season heightens awareness of the needs of and support provided by community food banks and pantries. The BankFive Foundation, a fund of the SouthCoast Community Foundation, has announced food pantry contributions totaling $30,000 to several non-profit organizations in support of their essential work.
A $10,000 donation has been made to both the United Way of Greater Fall River and to the Hunger Commission at the United Way of Greater New Bedford, in support of programs that provide food to families and individuals in need.
In addition, $1,000 donations have been made to each of the following organizations in support of their food pantries:
Salvation Army of Fall River
Sister Rose House Soup Kitchen
First Baptist Church
Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
Mercy Meals & More
The Greater Fall River Community Food Pantry
Citizens for Citizens- Food Pantry
East Bay Food Pantry
Family Pantry of Cape Cod
“Access to food is a fundamental need. Throughout the year, especially during the holidays, our local food pantries are a crucial resource,” said Anne P. Tangen, President and CEO of BankFive. “As we deal with the challenges presented by the pandemic going forward, the BankFive Foundation aims to make a meaningful impact by providing assistance for basic needs, especially food insecurity.”
"The Community Foundation is proud to partner with BankFive to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in our region," said John Vasconcellos, President and CEO of the SouthCoast Community Foundation. "BankFive has made a significant commitment to our region by entrusting us with their philanthropic assets to guarantee their impact on the South Coast area in perpetuity, while also making a difference in people’s lives today. This is the power of community foundations. Congratulations to all the grantees!”