Peoples customers, vendors, employees raise more than $40,000 for food banks

Peoples Bank employees teamed up with customers and vendors to raise more than $40,000 for local food banks in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

“Raising funds for foodbanks in the communities we serve, in partnership with our customers, vendors and employees, is a wonderful way to collaborate and make a positive difference,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples Bank president and chief executive officer.

The initiative is a result of the bank’s ongoing involvement with the Hunger Solutions Mid-Ohio Valley. To help food pantries stock their shelves all year long, Hunger Solutions created a Calendar of Giving and invited local businesses to participate by signing up for a month in the calendar to raise money to benefit area food pantries. Since 2014, Peoples Bank employees, customers and vendors have raised nearly $200,000.

“Peoples Bank is committed to helping make a difference in eliminating hunger. 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to supporting food pantries and teaching children about nutrition. Working to feed those individuals and families in need will lead to a healthier and more sustainable community for generations to come,” said Sulerzyski.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, 42.2 million people live in food-insecure households including 6.4 million children. A food insecure family is one without reliable access to sufficient and nutritious food. Food banks are a lifeline to many households nationwide who experience hunger, but are not eligible for government nutrition programs.

Hunger Solutions Mid-Ohio Valley is a community-based, collaborative plan to raise awareness and help eliminate hunger in the region formed by Peoples Bank, Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta College and Bricker & Eckler Attorneys at Law.