BATESVILLE – October 25, 2013 – The Batesville Preschool Food Pantry is the recipient of the most recent $500 donation from Citizens Bank employees through their “Blue Jean Friday” charitable contributions. With the gift to the preschool food pantry, Citizens Bank employees now have surpassed $5,000 in “Blue Jean Friday” donations to worthwhile causes and organizations in the past year. Each employee who donates $1 weekly is allowed to wear blue jeans to work on Fridays.
More than 100 children receive food from the Batesville Preschool Food Pantry each month. After noticing a growing need, school employees opened the food pantry about five years ago at the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center. Workers deliver food to help about 120 children each month. The summer months are the worst months because children are at home, and their families need more food.
The greatest need is for food items that children can easily open; for example, “pop top” containers of soup, fruit, Vienna sausages, ravioli, etc. Granola bars and cereal are popular, too.About The Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County. Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties. The bank operates 10 fully staffed financial centers in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Mountain View and Pleasant Plains.
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DENIM DONATION DELIVERY – Sorting through the Citizens Bank employees’ food contributions are (from left) Samantha Hayes, Parent as Teachers Home Visitor; Citizens Bank employees (from left) Charla Foster, Penny Thornton, Jolean Wilson, Cliff Brown, Jasmine Rounds, Kristi Morgan, Steve Martens; and Lorri McClure, Parents as Teachers Coordinator.