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Lakeville, CT - October 15, 2012

Rising gas prices, stubborn unemployment and unusual weather patterns continue to drive up the cost of groceries to the point where increasing numbers of Americans simply cannot afford to feed their families.

As part of its ongoing commitment to find ways to enrich the lives of its neighbors, Salisbury Bank has kicked off its fifth annual drive to help local food pantries feed those in need. Each of Salisbury Bank’s eight branches has a collection point for donations of non-perishable food items and household supplies. Customers and the public may also make cash donations.

“We are asking community members who can help, to fill these baskets to overflowing and assist our neighbors in need,” said President and CEO, Rick Cantele. “The food and household necessities as well as monetary contributions collected at each location will be donated directly to the food pantry that services that area.”

Salisbury Bank’s ‘Fill the Basket’ drive will assist the following local organization help our neighbors in need:

  • OWL’s Kitchen, Lakeville, Connecticut
  • Fishes and Loaves, Canaan, Connecticut
  • Center of Compassion Food Pantry, Dover Plains, New York
  • Sheffield Food Assistance Program, Sheffield, Massachusetts
  • Millerton Food Pantry, Millerton, New York
  • Chore Service, Sharon, Connecticut

“The all-volunteer staff at OWL's Kitchen in Lakeville is delighted to learn that the Salisbury Bank will once again support the various local food pantries with their 'Fill the Basket' Food Drive,” said Barbara Pogue, an Owl’s Kitchen Director. “Folks often ask us about the type of people who come to the OWL's Kitchen food pantry in Lakeville. We tell them people who are hungry, elderly seniors living alone, or, by contrast, large families with five or six children. Everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and for a little while at least, they won't have to face an empty food cupboard at home.”

All of the local pantries are looking for a variety of donations including, cans of low-sodium soup, unsweetened cereals, kid-pleasers like mac and cheese or canned ravioli, maybe a special treat like a cake mix, and always useful, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and pickle relish. Household necessities are also appreciated, including paper towels, diapers, shampoo and soap.

Mrs. Pogue continued, “Our sincere thanks goes to Salisbury Bank and its patrons for their generosity and their efforts to end hunger in our community with this year’s 'Fill the Basket' Food Drive.”

Please join Salisbury Bank’s effort to reach out to those who need assistance, and accept our thanks for helping us enrich the lives of others. Fill-the-Basket will run from October 15, 2012 through December 14, 2012 just in time to fill the holiday tables of our neighbors in need.


Salisbury Bank is a full-service community bank headquartered in Lakeville, Connecticut and presently operates full service branches in Canaan, Lakeville, Salisbury and Sharon, Connecticut, Sheffield and South Egremont Massachusetts as well as Dover Plains and Millerton, New York. The Bank has been serving families and businesses for over 160 years and offers a full range of consumer and business banking products and services as well as trust and investment services.

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