Citizens Bank Foundation Provides Support for Community Kitchenby Christian Hoffman
Open six days each week, the Kitchen serves an average of 125 individuals each day, and provides more than just a warm meal to those in need. Guests dining in the Kitchen are able to take home loaves of bread thanks to local bakeries and learn about new programs in the area that come in to raise awareness. In addition, guests can also visit the Clothes Closet to select clothes, accessories and household items that have been donated.
"Many individuals and families are facing challenging times, and their budgets are stretched," said James P. Gaspo, president of Citizens Bank, New York. "By supporting Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, we can ensure that our neighbors have a place to go when they need a nutritious meal and support from their community."
The support from the Citizens Bank Foundation will go directly to purchase food for the Kitchen. Already in 2013, the agency has seen a 20% increase in its Crisis Housing services, while the winter months are typically the busiest for the Mission's Crisis Services.
"We are so thankful for the support of the Citizens Bank Foundation," said Krueger. "The Community Soup Kitchen helps hundreds of people each week, and we literally could not do so without the generosity of organizations like the Citizens Bank Foundation. This gift comes at a wonderful time for the agency, as the coming weeks will be the busiest of the year across our Crisis Service programs."
About the Citizens Bank Foundation
Citizens Bank Foundation is a subsidiary of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, which is a charitable contributions vehicle of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. The foundation's support is focused on human services, affordable housing and economic development. RBSCFG's website is citizensbank.com
About Community Missions
In 2012, CMI provided over 70,000 meals and over 9,000 nights of care within its crisis services programs. Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-oriented settings. For more information on the services and programs provided by Community Missions, please visit www.communitymissions.org or connect via Facebook or Twitter.
By The Numbers...
In 2016, Community Missions provided:
• 11,104 nights of shelter
• 89,366 meals
• 6,744 individuals with clothing
• 2,295 care days in Youth Services
• 46,888 care days in Recovery Services
• 73,994 care days in Housing Services
• 182 opportunities for Faith Development