KeyBank awards $15,000 grant to Food Bank of Central New York

September 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM


SYRACUSE, NY (9/27/2012) KeyBank Foundation has announced that it will be providing Food Bank of Central New York with a grant of $15,000 to support the acquisition and distribution of food to people in need in central and northern New York.  With the funds, Food Bank will ensure that nutritious food such as fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and low fat dairy products are available to the families and individuals who depend on the emergency food network.  The funds will also support Food Bank programs that promote nutrition and self-sufficiency among users of food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the region.          


"At Key, we understand the power of community and the important role caring neighbors play in renewing hope and offering support through difficult times," said Stephen Fournier, president, Central New York District, KeyBank. "That is why we are proud to join the Food Bank of Central New York in its effort to fight hunger and deliver programs that aid individuals and families across our region's low- to moderate-income communities. It's always important to remember to put people first."


Martin Custer, Vice President of Commercial Banking with KeyBank and Gina Tonello, Community Relations Manager, were at the Food Bank of Central New York’s distribution facility today for a check presentation.  Accepting the check on behalf of Food Bank were Tom Slater, Executive Director and Kathleen Stress, Chief Operations Officer.  Slater expressed the organization’s gratitude for the award, stating, “This generous grant from KeyBank will have a significant impact on our operations.  Thanks to support from community partners like KeyBank we are confident that we will be able to positively impact our mission of ending hunger in our communities.”