RACINE — Two years ago Home National Bank and its employees organized the “Stop Hunger @ Home” program as a way of performing community services to give back to the community.
“The goal of ‘Stop Hunger @ Home’ is to make sure that no one in the community goes without food,” said Maxine Rose, one of the program coordinators.
Two years later, the program has raised over $20,000 in cash donations and have collected over 10,000 non-perishable food items. All donations go to the Meigs County Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program and the Meigs County Cooperative Parish Food Bank.
“The generosity of the customers of the bank never fails to surprise me,” stated John Hoback, one of the program coordinators.
The program has had several different types of fundraisers from raffles on items for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, as well as having food drives in conjunction with Southern Local Schools. Other fundraisers and donation drives have included, taking pictures with the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus for a donation of a non-perishable food items; hosting a tail gate party in the parking lot; basket bingo games in Syracuse; and participating in the annual July 4th Parade. The bank has also purchased animals at the county fair and donated them to the local food bank in the name of the program.
One monthly event is the “Food for Food Friday’s” where the customer brings in a non-perishable food item and receives food in return, such as tacos in a bag, hot dogs, pulled pork, soup and bake sale items. The bank employees work with the community business who donate items for raffles and soup for the “Food for Food Friday’s”.
The employees have several projects in the works for the coming year.
On January 3, the program will take a different approach with “Food for Furry Friends.” Soup which has been donated by Taz’s Marathon will be served to those who donate dog food, cat food, leashes and collars or make a cash donation.
This is the first time the group has held an event of this kind. The idea was suggested by a child of an employee and the group thought it was a worthy project. All donations from the January 3 event will go to the Meigs County Dog Shelter.