GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Peoples Bancorp Foundation, a non-profit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, announced it has donated $55,500 to regional food pantries throughout its markets in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.
In the Gallipolis area, $1,500 was donated to the Serenity House food pantry.
“Peoples Bank is pleased to increase its support of food banks and pantries in communities all across our region. The people who benefit from hunger programming and food assistance are our neighbors and friends,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples Bank CEO and president. “One in six people struggle with hunger in the United States. This information is also consistent across the areas we serve. If you have a child, chances are someone your child goes to school with struggles to get enough to eat.”
Since the inception of Peoples Bancorp Foundation in 2003, the foundation has donated more than $300,000 to area food pantries.
The donations will be used by each organization to purchase food and support on-going needs.
Peoples Bancorp Foundation contributions focus on charitable giving in four major areas: community investment and economic development, youth and education, human services programs that improve the social needs of low- to moderate-income communities and individuals, and the arts and culture. Organizations receiving grants meet those requirements and serve the markets where Peoples Bank currently has office locations.
Peoples is a diversified financial services holding company with $3.2 billion in total assets, 82 sales offices and 81 ATMs in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.