The Bridgehampton National Bank Annual Apple Campaign, which was initiated in 2011 to provide contributions to local food pantries, culminated Monday with the distribution of $1,000 checks to each of 23 food pantries from Montauk and Greenport to Deer Park and Melville.
At a presentation and reception at the BNB main office, pantry representatives from the East End including Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Southampton, Springs and Sag Harbor were on-hand to accept the funds. Maureen’s Haven, which helps the homeless on the East End, received a check for $2,000. This is only part of the $25,000 donated by bank customers, employees and the company itself.
“This is one of the community programs we are most proud of,” BNB President and CEO Kevin M. O’Connor said. “It is a true collaboration between the bank, its customers and employees, working together to help those most in need in our communities. It is the essence of what it means to be a community bank.”
The program is an annual holiday tradition that runs through the end of January. BNB donates in the name of its employees, customers participate and BNB matches donations and fills in any gaps to reach the goal and fund one pantry in each of its markets. In addition to the financial gift, branch staff collected nonperishable foods during the months of November, December and January