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  • Washington Trust To Hold 9th Annual Peanut Butter Drive
    Donations Accepted at All Washington Trust Branches During March 
    Company Release - 02/25/2009 10:37

    WESTERLY, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Washington Trust will kick off the "PB Xpress," its annual peanut butter drive, on Monday, March 2nd; the drive will run until Saturday, April 4th. The annual peanut butter drive began in 2001 and to date has collected more than 57 tons of peanut butter for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. In 2008, 13 tons were donated through efforts of Bank employees, customers, schools, and more than 118 local businesses.

    Customers of Washington Trust and members of the community are invited to stop by any of the Bank's branches and donate a jar of peanut butter during the month of March. Businesses and schools throughout the state are also encouraged to participate by holding peanut butter drives and displaying drop boxes, or by collecting funds to purchase peanut butter online through the Food Bank's virtual giving website, www.rifoodbank.org/virtual. The virtual food drive offers participants the opportunity to purchase anywhere from 6 jars to 96 jars - at wholesale prices.

    "Because of the recent peanut butter product scare, this year's drive to collect jars of peanut butter is more important than ever. One jar of peanut butter provides many nutritious meals for a RI family in need," said Elizabeth B. Eckel, senior vice president of marketing, Washington Trust. "Please support our efforts to end hunger in RI."

    The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is fully prepared to handle concerns regarding the current peanut butter recalls. "All peanut butter donated through the "PB Xpress" will be thoroughly inspected by a team of trained volunteers at the Food Bank to ensure its safety prior to distribution to the community," said Andrew Schiff, executive director of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. "We are grateful to Washington Trust for continuing this tradition and helping to restock the shelves of our member agency food pantries."

    On Saturday, April 4th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tanya Cruise from radio station LiteRock 105FM will broadcast live at the Bank's Cranston branch at 645 Reservoir Avenue, and will have prizes and give-aways for listeners who stop by to donate peanut butter. There will also be a visit by Providence Bruins players and mascot "Samboni," ticket give-aways and other activities.

    Businesses and schools interested in participating should contact Charlene Ferranti, Public Relations Officer at Washington Trust, at cpferranti@washtrust.com, or 401-348-1363, or visit www.peanutbutterbank.com.

    The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., a $3.0 billion corporation headquartered in Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and is the largest independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island. A state-chartered bank, Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including business banking, personal banking, and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Southeastern Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Corporation's common stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Select(R) Stock Marketunder the symbol WASH. Web site address: www.washtrust.com.

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        Source: Washington Trust

    Contact: Washington Trust Charlene P. Ferranti, 401-348-1363 Public Relations Officer cpferranti@washtrust.com