Community Bank presents $5K to support GBICS


BENNINGTON — Community Bank N.A. recently presented a $5,000 donation to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services (GBICS) to support its food pantry and 2018 Empty Bowls event. In addition, seven bank employees served as volunteers at the event.

Empty Bowls is annual event held by GBICS to raise money for its food distribution program, Kitchen Cupboard. At the event, members of the community come together to share a meal of soup and bread donated by local restaurants and civic groups. The soups are served in ceramic bowls made by local community members, ages 3 to 93.

"We're extremely proud to have partnered with GBICS for its annual Empty Bowls event," Community Bank N.A. Senior Trust Officer David LaForest said in a release. "In Bennington County, one in four families need food assistance. GBICS helps combat this issue through its various programs. They're a crucial part of our community and depend on volunteers and donors to continue helping our neighbors in need."

GBICS has been serving the Bennington community since 1973 with food assistance, financial assistance and medical care. In 2017, it served 1,313 families with its Kitchen Cupboard, distributed 614,000 pounds of food and saw 407 patients at its free clinic.

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