TrailNorth Donates $75,000 to Local Food Pantries and Backpack Programs
TrailNorth team takes pride in being a force for good in the communities we serve. With food prices at an all-time high, many local food banks see support dwindle as need rises.
October, TrailNorth holds a food drive in which we accept donations from members for local food pantries in each branch location. We also host a SHRED FOR GOOD initiative where both the TrailNorth and SecurShred provide a monetary donation to the local food pantries based on the pounds of paper shredded at our Shred Fest events.
TrailNorth went a step further this year by donating $61,500 to seven area food pantries. The food pantries include the Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Moriah, Schroon Lake and Westport food pantries, the Community Shelf in Elizabethtown, and Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP) food pantry.
"There is no more basic human need than food," stated Shawn Hayes, CEO of TrailNorth. "This year, we had additional monies to donate, and knowing that the food banks were struggling for donations while at the same time experiencing more demand, it was easy for us to decide where the bulk of this money should go."
TrailNorth also donated $13,500 to area backpack programs for the following schools: Ticonderoga Central School, Boquet Valley Central School, Moriah Central School, Crown Point Central School, and Schroon Lake Central School. "Many students in the communities we serve are in need," stated Mr. Hayes, "it feels great to be able to help make a student's school year a better one."
"Once again, TrailNorth FCU steps forward unexpectedly to support our work in the community!" stated Alan Jones, Executive Director/CEO of Adirondack Community Action Programs. "We can't thank them enough for their many years of support and this surprise donation that will help ensure our youngest, most vulnerable, community members' basic needs are met."