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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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, 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