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Support Your Community - An Example from the Dublin Food Pantry

 Monday, December 16, 2013

Dublin Food PantryHeartland Bank has long been known for being a strong community bank and community partner--one in which we know our customers by name, because our team members are an active part of your community. Take for example Heartland Bank client, the Dublin Food Pantry. We’re proud to serve the Dublin community and especially pleased to support the Dublin Food Pantry with a portion of the proceeds from the Silent Auction at the Bank’s annual Holiday Party.

The Dublin Food Pantry is dedicated to providing for the needs of hungry people by collecting and distributing food and grocery products, educating the community about hunger, and collaborating with others who address basic human needs.

Dublin Food Pantry InformationAt this time of the year, many of us think about ways of giving back financially – to our churches, to local charities in our communities, or to health and medical charities. But many of our clients and neighbors are giving back by volunteering more and more each day. With the exception of a part-time executive director, the Dublin Food Pantry is totally volunteer-driven. Given the size and the complexity of the food pantry operation this is an amazing accomplishment and speaks to the skill level and dedication of the volunteers.

In addition to the 130 volunteers that it takes to operate the Pantry every week, the Pantry has 400+ volunteers that help with the major food drives and the annual Harvest of Hope food distribution, as well as volunteers assisting with special projects like making shelves for the warehouse, rearranging Pantry shelves, cleaning/redecorating the children’s Pantry area, putting together birthday bags for client's children, and much more.

Volunteers range in age from 15 to 92 years and are responsible for all aspects of food procurement, preparation, presentation, and storage, as well as client services, organizational and office tasks. Volunteers also assist with the major food drives and the Harvest of Hope holiday food distribution.

Are you helping out a local organization this holiday season? Please pick up the phone and call one of your local charities. Not only will they benefit from your time and/or financial help, you’ll be supporting your community. Just like your friends at Heartland Bank.

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