Bank of Canton donates $10K to Canton Food Pantry

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Bank of Canton board member and Canton resident Brian Fitzgerald presents a food donation and $10,000 check to Canton Food Pantry Co-Director Mary Buckley and volunteer Joyce Christino (left). Fitzgerald was joined by fellow Bank of Canton board members James Downey and Linda Wirta, also of Canton.

Bank of Canton board member and Canton resident Brian Fitzgerald presents a food donation and $10,000 check to Canton Food Pantry Co-Director Mary Buckley and volunteer Joyce Christino (left). Fitzgerald was joined by fellow Bank of Canton board members James Downey and Linda Wirta, also of Canton.

Bank of Canton made a $10,000 cash donation last week to the Canton Food Pantry, which included the annual proceeds of the bank’s Town Card credit card program. The donation will help provide Canton residents with basic necessities and healthy meals this winter.

“Wintertime hits our clients the hardest,” said Canton Food Pantry Co-Director Mary Buckley. “It’s hard to enjoy the holidays when you’re worried about heating your home or affording winter clothes for your kids. Bank of Canton’s $10,000 gift allows us to provide a lot of Canton residents with the basic food and personal care items they need so that they can make ends meet at a challenging time of year.”

Since 2005, Bank of Canton has given over $140,000 to the Canton Food Pantry, primarily through its Town Card credit card program. For every purchase and cash advance made by Town Card customers, the bank sets aside a percentage of the transaction amount into a fund dedicated to local charities and organizations serving the community.

“Our customers deserve the credit,” said Stephen P. Costello, president and CEO of Bank of Canton. “This $10,000 donation is a testament to them and their decision to bank with us. Their patronage allows us to donate to our local charities and makes an actual, tangible difference in the community — in this case, it results in more food and essential items at the Canton Food Pantry.”

The Canton Food Pantry, located at 960R Washington Street (in the back of the Marilyn G. Rodman Educational and Administrative Center), accepts both perishable and non-perishable items on Mondays between 7 and 9 a.m. It is operated entirely by volunteers who wish to help their fellow townspeople.

Bank of Canton’s branches at 557 Washington Street and 259 Turnpike Street serve as drop-off locations for food pantry items. During business hours, the branches accept non-perishable food, personal care items, and household products.

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