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Community Kitchen Project

Thomaston Savings Bank (Honorable Mention) - Thomaston, Connecticut

2021 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Community and Economic Development
  • Asset Size: Small

Repercussions continue to unfold as we navigate through the current pandemic. Thomaston Savings Bank and its employees have been dedicated to working tirelessly in order to assist those in the community who have been experiencing extreme hardships. Inarguably, one of the hardest hit during this difficult time is the small business owner, and most notably, those in the food service industry. The coronavirus caused an abrupt lack of demand and forced the shuttering of restaurant dine-in establishments. This, combined with a new remote work force essentially erased the lunch time crowd for traditional restaurants. Forced to serve outdoors and at half capacity, restaurant owners had to make the tough choice to lay off their employees in hopes to draw an income just to keep their doors open, sadly many did not make it. Conversely, as restaurants were clamoring for business, the non-profit sector addressing food security was inundated with new and increased demand. Staff and volunteers at area soup kitchens and shelters worked assiduously to serve their most vulnerable neighbors. Thomaston Savings Bank created the Community Kitchen Project with a twofold goal in mind, first to generate revenue for restaurant owners by contracting with them to provide meals for area shelters and soup kitchens, and second to address the increased and critical issue of food insecurity. Over 6,000 meals were provided to 10 agencies across the Bank’s Assessment Area. This successful enterprise created business for local restaurants during the notoriously slow winter months, while feeding the community’s necessitous citizens.