Feb 12, 2024

Liberty Bank Customers Vote to Give $10,000 to Connecticut Foodshare

Six people holding a giant $10,000 check
$10,000 Donation Was Part of Liberty Bank’s Annual Tradition of Spreading Kindness During the Holiday Season

During a check presentation at Connecticut Foodshare in Wallingford, Connecticut on Friday, February 2, 2024, Liberty Bank announced Connecticut Foodshare as their customers’ #1 choice to receive their annual $10,000 ‘holiday gift’ from the Bank.

The $10,000 was part of Liberty Bank’s holiday tradition every December where they make a sizable donation to a nonprofit in Connecticut. In December 2023, rather than making the selection themselves, Liberty Bank went directly to their customers and asked them to vote for one of three Connecticut non-profits to receive $10,000 from the Bank. Customers weighed-in and voted for Connecticut Foodshare.  

The Liberty Bank team, led by Mark Gingras, Chairman of Liberty’s Board of Directors, visited Connecticut Foodshare’s Wallingford location to present the $10,000 check to Jason Jakubowski, President & CEO of Connecticut Foodshare.

 “At Liberty Bank, we demonstrate our ‘Be Community Kind’ spirit in everything we do – from serving our customers’ banking needs and supporting our teammates to addressing the pressing challenges facing our communities,” said David W. Glidden, President & CEO of Liberty Bank. “We have strong community partners like Connecticut Foodshare who are making a meaningful difference in our communities. Our customers agree – that’s why we proudly presented this check to Connecticut Foodshare on Friday.”

“Community partners like Liberty Bank are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors. We are grateful to Liberty Bank and their loyal customers for their belief and support in our mission,” said Jakubowski.

In addition to their $10,000 donation, Liberty Bank teammates dedicated nearly 170 hours of their time volunteering at Connecticut Foodshare in 2023.

About Liberty Bank

Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is the oldest and largest independent mutual bank in the country. With $7.4 billion in assets, Liberty has 56 banking offices across Connecticut and two in Massachusetts. As a full-service financial institution, Liberty offers consumer and commercial banking, cash management, home mortgages, business loans, insurance and investment services. Named ‘Top Workplace’ by the Hartford Courant every year since 2012 and designated a 2021, 2022 and 2023 Best-In-State Bank in Connecticut by Forbes Magazine.

About Connecticut Foodshare

Connecticut Foodshare is the food bank serving the people of Connecticut and a member of the national Feeding America network. Last year, Connecticut Foodshare distributed enough food to provide 40 million meals through a network of more than 650 community-based hunger relief programs, including food pantries, meal programs and mobile distribution sites, while also working on long-term solutions to food insecurity. Thousands of volunteers help power the work of Connecticut Foodshare, and last year, they gave more than 46,000 hours of service. To learn more visit www.ctfoodshare.org



Pictured Left to Right: Audra Hamel (Liberty Bank); Mark Gingras (Liberty Bank); Jason Jakubowski (Connecticut Foodshare); Carl Bonamico (Liberty Bank); Al Marino (Connecticut Foodshare); and Toral Maher (Liberty Bank)