Quincy YMCA senior executive director Patrick Murphy and vice president of development Mary Orne of the South Shore YMCA hold bags donated by Bank of Canton during the Germantown Neighborhood Center Food Pantry’s pickup hours.
CANTON, Mass. (April 24, 2020) – Bank of Canton recently donated $2,000 and 100 reusable bags to the South Shore YMCA’s Germantown Neighborhood Center Food Pantry in response to the community’s growing need for food and basic necessities. The bank donated another $4,000 and bags to food pantries in Canton and Randolph as well.
“Bank of Canton has been a great supporter of the South Shore YMCA for many years, and we especially value their partnership during the current crisis,” said Mary Orne, vice president of development for the South Shore YMCA. “Many of our most vulnerable neighbors in Quincy are facing substantial need right now.”
“At the beginning of the crisis, we were feeding 117 families, consisting of 268 individuals,” added Patrick Murphy, senior executive director of the South Shore YMCA Quincy branch, who oversees the food pantry operations. “In just a few weeks, that number has grown to 239 families, equaling 761 individuals. What we’re hearing from these families is that people are out of work and cannot afford food each week. For many, they are faced with decisions such as putting food on the table or keeping the lights on or paying rent. Donations like Bank of Canton’s will help us as we strive to keep pace with the demand.”
The Germantown Neighborhood Center Food Pantry, located at 366 Palmer Street in Quincy, is currently providing registered clients with prepackaged essential items during scheduled hours, 8:30 – noon on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The South Shore YMCA also launched a “Weekly COVID-19 Community Support Challenge,” which raises money to pay local restaurants and caterers to prepare nutritious meals for seniors. YMCA team members deliver the meals safely to hundreds of senior housing residents and at-risk seniors staying at the Quincy YMCA emergency shelter.
“Bank of Canton is proud to support local organizations like the South Shore YMCA, whose essential services are helping the City of Quincy get through this pandemic,” said Stephen P. Costello, president and CEO of Bank of Canton. “Their dedicated staff continues to rise to the challenge with innovative ideas and programs to help support Quincy residents and families.”
Those wishing to donate to the South Shore YMCA’s COVID-19 emergency support programs can do so online at www.ssymca.org/covid19support.
About Bank of Canton
Established in 1835, Bank of Canton is a Massachusetts-chartered mutual savings bank that offers its consumer, business and government banking customers access to a full array of deposit, loan, investment and convenience service options. As a mutual savings bank, the bank has no stockholders and acts exclusively in the best interests of its customers and communities. The bank lends throughout Massachusetts, and has branches in Canton, Quincy and Randolph and a mortgage center in Auburn. All deposits are fully insured between the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). For more information, visit www.ibankcanton.com. Member FDIC. Member DIF. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS #408169.