bankESB Supports Local Food Pantries through 3rd Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fundraiser

Easthampton, Massachusetts, October 16, 2023 – Matthew S. Sosik, president and CEO of bankESB, is kicking off the bank’s 2023 Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraising drive to help support local food pantries.

This marks the third year of the bank’s annual appeal, which invites bank customers, employees, and community members to donate money between November 1 and November 30 to help fight food insecurity. All donations up to $2,500 per customer will be matched dollar for dollar by bankESB and the total raised will be divided among participating food pantries across western Massachusetts in communities the bank serves. In 2022, through contributions and matching donations, the campaign raised $35,000 and since inception has donated $74,000.

Donations of any amount are encouraged. As an added incentive to give, the bank offers those who donate the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $25 gift card, which will be awarded at each of its 11 locations.

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors shows how communities can come together to help others in need,” said Sosik. “bankHometown is proud to lead this annual giving tradition. We thank everyone who selflessly gives each year.”

Those who wish to participate have until November 30 to make their donations. Checks should be made payable to “bankESB Neighbors” and can be dropped off at any bankESB branch or mailed to:

Margaret Prendergast


36 Main St.

Easthampton, MA 01027

A total of 14 food pantries will be supported this year and include:

The Best Life Food Ministry, Agawam 

BUCC Helping Hands Cupboard Food Pantry, Belchertown

The Chicopee Cupboard

Easthampton Community Center Food Pantry

Easthampton Congregational Church Food Cupboard & Oasis Kitchen 

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Hatfield

The Hadley Food Pantry

Hilltown Food Pantry, Goshen

Margaret’s Pantry, Holyoke

Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Inc., South Hadley

Northampton Survival Center

Not Bread Alone, Amherst

Southampton Community Cupboard

Westfield Food Pantry


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 2022, The Giving Tree donated nearly $500,000 and over the past decade has donated more than $3.2 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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