Each year Rollstone Bank & Trust chooses a local charity for which to raise money. Customer donations were at an all-time high this year, and combined with a 100% match by the bank, a total of $10,000 was presented to five area food pantries.

Rollstone Bank & Trust wanted to provide aid to the areas where its customers live, so the chosen pantries were Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Townsend Ecumenical Outreach (TEO), Ginny’s Helping Hands, and Loaves & Fishes. The Bank has branches in or neighboring the towns that each of these pantries serve.

The pantries were very grateful for the donations and said they have seen a huge increase in need over the last year or two.

“Every year we try and choose a charity that works for the common good, and the need at food pantries right now is incredible. Our customers are unbelievably generous; they realize how tough things are out there and really made this year a great success,” said Martin F. Connors, president and CEO of Rollstone Bank & Trust.

Patricia Stern, executive director for Loaves & Fishes, reported that since 2007, they have seen a 45% increase in the number of families they serve. Many people now seeking help from the pantry are former donors or volunteers. “Our shelves will be fuller thanks to the efforts of the employees of Rollstone Bank,” said Stern. The other pantries have seen similar increases in need.

The bank partnered with the United Way of North Central Massachusetts to present the contributions to the food pantries. Since 1846, Rollstone Bank & Trust has been serving the people, businesses and organizations of Central Massachusetts and continually earns 5-star rating for safety and soundness. It has 7 branch offices, located throughout Fitchburg and Leominster, as well as Harvard and Townsend.