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July 17, 2014

PORTLAND, ME – As part of its ongoing effort to enhance the quality of life for residents in the communities where People’s United Bank operates, the People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $3,000 to Wayside Food Programs in Portland.

Wayside Food Programs provides more than a million pounds of food each year to over 60 food pantries, soup kitchens and social service agencies throughout Cumberland County. The organization serves prepared meals and collaborates with other hunger agencies to develop efficient networks for the collection and distribution of food. The grant from People’s United Community Foundation will support the Wayside Food Rescue Program.

 “For more than 25 years, and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, Wayside has provided food to those in need,” stated Mary Zwolinski, the organization’s Executive Director. “On behalf of Wayside and all those we serve, we are thankful for the support we receive from community partners like the People’s United Community Foundation.”

 “Many of the food agencies in southern Maine rely on the donated food distributed through Wayside,” stated Dan Thornton, Officer of People’s United Community Foundation and Southern Maine President for People’s United Bank. “Through its strong network of community resources, Wayside is able to efficiently provide a critical service to its partner agencies, while ensuring individuals and families are receiving fresh and healthy food options.”

 Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842 and serving customers from New York to Maine through a network of more than 400 branches, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include community development, youth development, and affordable housing.


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