Bank of America Donates $185K to Foodshare
Bank of America executives presented Connecticut Foodshare with a generous check in February that will provide about 370,000 meals to families around the state this year.
Much of the $185,000 donation came from the bank’s innovative employee vaccination incentive program.
Bank of America offered to donate $100 to help fight hunger for every employee who got a COVID-19 vaccination booster shot by the end of January.
“This program is a dual investment in our community and our teammates, supporting the overall health and wellness of the region,” Bank of America Southern Connecticut President Bill Tommins said.
Bank of America surpassed its goal in Connecticut of donating a minimum of $25,000 to each of its markets.
“It has been extraordinary to watch our teammates come together on this unique booster initiative that helps strengthen our community’s health and safety as well as supporting a cause that impacts so many individuals and families in our state,” Bank of America Greater Hartford President Joe Gianni said.
Nationally, Bank of America donated $10.6 million to fight hunger through the initiative.
Food banks and hunger relief organizations across the country provide food to adults and children who need it most.
“With rising food prices creating a greater demand for our services, Bank of America’s support could not have come at a better time,” Connecticut Foodshare president and CEO Jason Jakubowski said.
Connecticut Foodshare distributed 47 million meals last year through a network of 700 community-based hunger relief programs throughout the state.
“Our longstanding partner, Connecticut Foodshare, is a vital resource for fighting food insecurity, and we’re committed to supporting their efforts to provide for those in need,” Tommins said.
Connecticut Foodshare is seeing an increase of up to 40% on specific items stemming from rising food prices.
“The bank is an extraordinary partner, and their employee booster initiative is another example of their investment in our organization as well as their dedication to our neighbors who are in need,” Jakubowski said.
The vaccine incentive program is not the first of its kind for Bank of America. The company has encouraged vaccinations with paid time-off and financial incentives with their health premiums for the last year.
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