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Eastern Bank donating $100,000 to area food pantries
Bank responds to sharp increase in communities seeking food assistance
 
BOSTON, Dec. 8, 2008 – Responding to increased demand for help from the region’s hunger-relief organizations, Eastern Bank announced it will expand its food assistance efforts by donating $100,000 to food pantries this holiday season.

The donations will benefit food pantries and soup kitchens in communities that are served by an Eastern Bank or Eastern Insurance office in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

“As we approach the winter months and holiday season, Eastern Bank recognizes the tremendous need for food in local soup kitchens and food pantries,” said Eastern Chairman and CEO Richard E. Holbrook. “Eastern is committed to giving back to the communities that it serves in a timely and meaningful way. We are proud to support these hunger-relief organizations, which dramatically improve the quality of life across our region.”

More than 90 percent of 163 local food pantries and soup kitchens reported an increase in need, according to a survey conducted this fall by The Greater Boston Food Bank. Nearly 32 percent of organizations surveyed reported a 10-20 percent increase in demand. In the same survey, 53 percent reported a decrease in donations.

From Southern New Hampshire to Connecticut and Cape Cod and the Islands, Eastern donated anywhere from $500 to $20,000 to 71 hunger relief organizations through the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation.

The mission of the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation is to contribute, in a meaningful way, to the health and vitality of the various Greater Boston communities served by Eastern Bank. This is done through financial support of selected non-profit organizations operating within those communities.

Recent donations were made to the following organizations:

Acton
Acton Food Pantry ($1,000)

Kingston
Pilgrim's Hope ($1,000)

Plymouth
Greater Plymouth Food Resource Group ($1,000)

Andover
St. Vincent de Paul Center Food Pantry ($1,000)

Lakeville
Hearts of Abundance ($1,000)

Quincy
Quincy Community Action Program ($1,000)

Beverly
Beverly Bootstraps ($1,000)

Leominster
Ginny’s Helping Hands Food Pantry ($1,000)

Randolph
The Randolph Food Pantry ($1,000)

Braintree
Braintree Community Food Pantry ($1,000)

Lexington
Grace Chapel ($1,000)

Reading
Reading Food Pantry ($1,000)

Brockton
Charity Guild of Brockton Food Pantry ($1,000)

Lowell
Merrimack Valley Food Bank ($2,500)
Open Pantry of Greater Lowell ($1,000)
Central Food Ministry ($500)

Rockland
Rockland Food Pantry ($1,000)

Burlington
Burlington Food Pantry ($1,000)

Lynn
Torrente de Cedron Church ($500)
Tree of Life Food Pantry ($500)

Rocky Hill, CT
Rocky Hill Food Pantry ($1,000)

Canton
Canton Food Pantry ($1,000)

Malden
Bread of Life ($1,000)

Salem
Salem Mission ($1,000)
St. Joseph’s Food Pantry ($5,000)

Chelmsford
Chelmsford Food Pantry ($1,000)

Marblehead
Marblehead Food Pantry ($1,000)

Sandwich
Sandwich Food Pantry ($1,000)

Chelsea
Community Action Program Inter-City, Inc. ($1,000)

Marion
First Congregational Church ($1,000)

Saugus
Saugus United Parish Food Pantry ($1,000)

Cohasset
Cohasset Food Pantry ($1,000)

Marshfield
Marshfield Food Pantry ($1,000)

Sharon & Stoughton
Ilse Marks Food Pantry ($1,000)

Cotuit
First Baptist Church ($1,000)

Mashpee
St. Vincent de Paul Center Food Pantry ($1,000)

South Boston
Fourth Church Food Pantry ($1,000)

Danvers
People to People Food Pantry ($1,000)

Mattapoisett
The Shepherd's Pantry ($1,000)

Stoneham
God's Helping Hand Food Pantry ($1,000)

Dedham
Dedham Food Pantry ($1,000)

Medford
St. Francis of Assisi Food Pantry ($1,000)

Sturbridge
Southbridge Food Pantry ($1,000)

Dracut
Dracut Food Pantry ($2,500)

Melrose
Pantry of Hope ($500)

Taunton
Coyle and Cassidy H.S. Food Pantry ($1,000)

Duxbury
Duxbury Interfaith Council Food Pantry ($1,000)

Middleborough
St. Vincent de Paul Center Food Pantry ($1,000)

Tewksbury
Tewksbury Food Pantry ($2,500)

East Boston
Crossroads Family Shelter Food Pantry ($1,000)

Natick
Natick Food Pantry ($1,000)

Wakefield
Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry ($1,000)

Everett
Immaculate Conception Food Pantry ($1,000)

Newburyport & Rowley
Pettingill House Food Pantry ($1,000)

Wareham
Damiens Pantry ($500)
Church of the Good Shepherd ($500)

Falmouth & Teaticket
Falmouth Service Center ($20,000)

Newton
Newton Food Pantry ($1,000)

Westford
Westford Food Pantry ($1,000)

Gloucester
Cape Ann Food Pantry ($1,000)

Northboro
Northboro Food Pantry ($1,000)

Weymouth
Weymouth Food Pantry ($1,000)

Hanover
Hanover Emergency Food Pantry ($1,000)

Norwell
Norwell Food Pantry ($1,000)

Wilmington
Wilmington Food Pantry ($1,000)

Hingham
Hingham Interfaith Food Pantry ($1,000)

Peabody
Haven from Hunger ($2,500)

Wrentham
Wrentham Food Pantry ($1,000)

Keene, NH
Keene Community Kitchen ($1,000)

Pembroke
Pembroke Food Pantry ($1,000)

Yarmouth
Yarmouth Senior Center ($1,000)

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern is the largest independent, mutually owned commercial banking franchise in New England. With $7.0 billion in assets and almost 90 branches stretching from Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod, Eastern offers superior service, convenience and a full range of financial products for consumers, businesses, investors, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations. Its subsidiaries include Eastern Insurance and Fantini & Gorga, a real estate advisory firm.

For more information, contact: Andrew Ravens, Public Relations, Eastern Bank,(781) 598-8528, or e-mail Andrew Ravens.