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Easthampton, Massachusetts – Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB, announced that the Easthampton Saving Bank Foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to the Northampton Survival Center’s “Partners in Doing Good Business” program.

Partners in Doing Good Business is the Center’s program for connecting the Center with community-minded businesses. Their mission is improving the quality of life for low-income individuals and families throughout Hampshire County by providing nutritious food and other resources in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

“We are so thankful that bankESB continues their support of the Northampton Survival Center, enabling us to provide over 800,000 pounds of healthy food each year to families in Easthampton and surrounding communities,” said Amy Marsters, Donor Relations Coordinator at the Northampton Survival Center.

The involved businesses provide essential funding for nutritious food and support to individuals and families in need. bankESB’s donation will help the Center provide groceries for 2,500 meals for clients, including fresh local milk, abundant locally-grown produce, pantry staples, and fresh bakery bread.

The Northampton Survival Center runs two pantries – one in Northampton and the other in Goshen. In addition to distributing 800,000 pounds of food each year, they also provide tens of thousands of pounds of food to around 600 children during the course of the summer.

bankESB is headquartered in Easthampton, MA and has 11 branch offices serving the Pioneer Valley. Through its sponsorship and charitable giving program, bankESB and the Easthampton Savings Bank Charitable Foundation support non-profit organizations and causes throughout Hampden and Hampshire County. In 2018, the Bank and Foundation donated more than $300,000 to 150 organizations. In the last five years, the program has donated more than $1.1 million. For more information or to apply for funding, please visit

Hometown Financial Group, a $2.4 billion mutual holding company headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts, is the parent company of bankESB, bankHometown and Pilgrim Bank. These banking franchises offer a complete line of commercial, business, and consumer banking and lending products and services to customers at its 27 branches located throughout Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. For more information on Hometown Financial Group, please visit


Pictured above (L to R): Heidi Nortonsmith, Executive Director of the Northampton Survival Center; Hannah Dion, Corporate Communications Specialist of bankESB; and Amy Marsters, Donor Relations Coordinator of the Northampton Survival Center.

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