bankESB Raises $35,000 for Local Food Pantries in Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fundraiser

Easthampton, Massachusetts, January 9, 2023 – Matthew S. Sosik, president and CEO of bankESB, announced that the bank’s second annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraising drive raised $35,000 for local food pantries.

The appeal is part of bankESB’s charitable giving program, called The Giving Tree, which reflects the bank’s commitment to making a real difference in the neighborhoods it serves. Throughout the month of November, the bank invited customers, employees, and members of the community to donate funds at bankESB branches. All donations received were matched, dollar for dollar, by bankESB and the total divided among food pantries in Western Massachusetts communities the bank serves. Each of these participating food pantries received $2,500 to help feed families in need:

  • Amherst Survival Center Food Pantry
  • BUCC Helping Hands Cupboard Food Pantry, Belchertown
  • Easthampton Community Center Food Pantry
  • Easthampton Congregational Church Food Cupboard & Oasis Kitchen
  • Hilltown Food Pantry, Goshen
  • Margaret’s Pantry, Holyoke
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Inc., South Hadley
  • Northampton Survival Center
  • Southampton Community Cupboard
  • The Best Life Food Ministry, Agawam
  • The Chicopee Cupboard
  • The Hadley Food Pantry
  • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Hatfield
  • Westfield Food Pantry

“bankESB would like to thank everyone who selflessly donated to our Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign,” said Sosik. “We’re pleased that these food pantries received much-needed funds in time for the holiday season.” 

In the Photo:

bankESB Assistant Branch Manager Robyn Michaud presents a check to Melissa Cahalan of the Westfield Food Pantry, one of 14 pantries receiving a donation from the bank’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraising campaign.

About bankESB

Founded in 1869 as Easthampton Savings Bank, bankESB is headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts and operates 11 branches throughout Western Massachusetts. Through its sponsorship and charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, bankESB and the Easthampton Savings Bank Charitable Foundation support non-profit organizations and causes throughout Hampden and Hampshire counties. In 2021, The Giving Tree donated nearly $352,000 and over the past decade has donated more than $3.1 million. For more information, visit

bankESB is a member of the Hometown Financial Group, a $4.5 billion mutual multi-bank holding company headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and the parent company of bankESB, bankHometown, and Abington Bank as well as Hometown Mortgage. For more information, visit

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