A new community program from Thomaston Savings Bank will feed the hungry while supporting local restaurants impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The bank’s Community Kitchen Project pairs some of its restaurant customers with area crisis intervention and food security organizations.

Lisa Hageman from Community Kitchen of Torrington and Adam Darragjati from Emily’s Catering are part of Thomaston Savings Bank's Community Kitchen Project.

Thomaston Savings Bank buys meals from the restaurants, which prepare and deliver the food to selected organization based on needs.

As a result, restaurants get much-needed business while helping local nonprofit groups feed their guests.

It’s yet another example of Connecticut businesses giving back to their communities during the pandemic.

“We are excited by the impact Thomaston Savings Bank will make with the Community Kitchen Project,” said Thomaston Savings Bank president and CEO Stephen Lewis.

“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.”

Community Kitchen

The Community Kitchen Project began Feb. 15 and runs through March 24.

Lewis said the initiative will supply over 5,800 meals to nine community agencies.

They are the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries, the Community Kitchen of Torrington, the Prudence Crandall Center, Brian’s Angels Homeless Outreach, Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury, the St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury shelter, the FISH Torrington shelter, the Susan B. Anthony Project of Torrington, and the St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Emily’s Catering Group, LLC
  • 150 Central, LLC
  • The Goose & The Gander, Inc.
  • Patti’s Place, LLC

“I’m so proud of our team,” Lewis said. “That we’ve been able to help two groups and bring them together and really benefit our community.

“It’s fulfilling to be able to make that happen for everybody and do it right within our local community.”