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1st National Bank of Scotia to celebrate 90th Anniversary with "Food For Thoughtfulness" Collection Drive:

Non-Perishable Food Drive to Run at 10 Regional Branches Through 12/31/13

Scotia, NY. (November 22, 2013) - 1st National Bank of Scotia will commemorate nine decades of community banking with a major non-perishable food drive to support Capital Region families in need.

Titled “Food for Thoughtfulness,” the region-wide effort will kick off Friday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. when the bank donates 90 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Scotia-Glenville Food Pantry, a neighborhood organization that provides a three-day supply of food to residents of Scotia-Glenville and surrounding areas. That donation will be matched pound for pound by Scotia-based Gabriel’s Supermarket.

Following the launch of the campaign, which runs through 12/31/13, Capital Region residents are invited to place non-perishable items in collection bins conveniently located inside 1st National Bank’s 10 local branches, Gabriel’s Supermarkets (in Scotia) and Colonie-based Rueckert Advertising and Public Relations. Donated items will be given to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham, which helps provide 450,000 meals each week to 85,000 children and 13,000 seniors living in 23 counties in northeastern New York.

“Since our founding in 1923, 1st National Bank of Scotia has been blessed to have the opportunity to serve the banking needs of thousands of regional families and businesses,” said 1st National Bank Chairman and CEO Louis Buhrmaster. “To mark our 90th year in business, it’s our turn to give back. We’re looking forward to helping hungry local families enjoy this special time of year with a table full of good food.”

“Hunger remains a daily occurrence for thousands of families we serve,” added Mark Quandt, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. “We're thrilled to partner with 1st National Bank on this food drive and we encourage everyone in the Capital Region to participate.”

Quandt said the Regional Food Bank, which provides $10 worth of food to hungry people for every dollar it spends, accepts large corporate donations of shelf stable, fresh, and frozen food, as well as non-food items like paper goods and personal hygiene products. These products are still perfectly good to eat or use but are no longer marketable for the companies that donate them, and they are of great value to the non-profits the Food Bank serves. According to Quandt, protein-based food items — canned meat and fish, and prepared meals like beef stew and chili ­— are in demand at this time of year.

“We’re also in need of nutritious cereals,” he said, explaining that youngsters represent 40 percent of the population they feed. “”Less sweetened cereals are preferred, but all cereal donations are greatly appreciated.”

“Although the economy appears to be turning around, times still remain tough for thousands of Capital Region families,” said State Senator Hugh T. Farley. “At this time of year reserved for giving to others, I applaud 1st National Bank of Scotia’s ambitious goal in supporting the Food Bank in its mission to alleviate hunger and prevent food waste. I encourage everyone to take a moment to drop something off this holiday season for the less fortunate to enjoy.”

Drop off collection points, which are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., include:

  • 201 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, NY * Tel: 370-7200
  • 1705 Central Ave., Albany, NY
  • 1693 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY
  • 120 Erie Blvd*., Schenectady, NY
  • 1 Research Circle (GE Global Research)+, Niskayuna, NY
  • 240 Saratoga Rd., Scotia, NY/li>
  • 8 New Karner Rd., Guilderland, NY/li>
  • 1476 Balltown Rd., Schenectady, NY/li>
  • 2695 Hamburg St., Schenectady, NY/li>
  • 3013 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY/li>
  • 255 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, NY (Gabriel’s Supermarket)/li>
  • 638 Albany Shaker Rd., (Rueckert Advertising & PR), Albany, NY

*Erie Blvd. office is closed on Saturdays
+GE Global Research is restricted to employees only

For more information, please call Karen Ballester, marketing coordinator, at 1st National Bank of Scotia at (518) 370-7200.

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