Citizen's Bank Foundation donates $10,000 to fight childhood hunger

July 12, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Children throughout the greater Syracuse Region will have access to free nutritious meals this summer following a $10,000 donation from the Citizens Bank Foundation to the Food Bank of Central New York.

The $10,000 grant is part of an overall investment of $80,000 from the Citizens Bank Foundation to food banks across New York this summer to combat childhood hunger, part of its “Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger” initiative. 

“Many families are facing challenging times and their budgets are stretched to the breaking point,” said James P. Gaspo, President, Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, New York. “By supporting the Food Bank of Central New York in its efforts to fight hunger by providing kids with nutritious meals and snacks, we can play a role in making sure children have access to healthy food options throughout the summer months.”

Since 2007, the Citizens Bank Foundation has donated more than $400,000 to food banks throughout New York to help feed hungry neighbors in need. 

“During the summer months children who typically participate in free or subsidized school breakfast and lunch programs no longer have this nutritional safety net to rely upon,” said Thomas Slater, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Central New York. “We are grateful that Citizens Bank recognizes that the need for local food banks is even more pronounced during the summer months. This grant from Citizens Bank Foundation will enable us to fill the void and ensure children in the counties of Onondaga and Cayuga have an enjoyable summer and a healthy start to the school year come fall.”