Hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have been incredibly damaging to individuals, families and businesses in our community. While everyone is feeling this impact at some level, the restaurant industry has been hit especially hard as they struggle to operate under limited capacities, shortened hours, and with communities hesitant to visit their establishments out of fear of the virus’ reach. Crisis intervention centers and organizations addressing food security issues are certainly not immune to these struggles either and as a direct result of the pandemic, the population they serve is growing. These organizations are doing what they can with their limited resources and capacity restrictions to assist all those who need their services, but are bearing a heavy burden to do so and frequently falling short.
In response to this need and in efforts to help our customers, we are very excited to introduce a new initiative of the Bank, The Community Kitchen Project.
The Community Kitchen Project pairs a selection of the Bank’s restaurant customers with area crisis intervention and food security organizations in our community. The Bank will purchase meals from the restaurants who will prepare and deliver the food to the selected organization based on their needs. This gives our restaurants some welcomed business while helping to ensure the selected non-profits are able to feed their guests.
“We are excited by the impact Thomaston Savings Bank will make with the Community Kitchen Project. The Bank is grateful to be in a position to fund meals for those most in need, on such a large scale, while simultaneously generating business for the participating restaurants during an incredibly difficult time for their industry.”– Stephen L. Lewis, Thomaston Savings Bank President & CEO
The Community Kitchen Project kicks off this coming Monday, February 15th, and will supply over 5,800 meals to 9 agencies.