Putnam Bank donates to Norwich food pantry

Norwich — Putnam Bank, nearing the end of a yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary, donated $1,850 Thursday to the St. Vincent de Paul Place food pantry.

Tom Borner, the bank's president and chief executive officer, presented the donations to Jillian Corbin, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Place, during an open house in the bank's High Street branch.

The largesse included a $1,000 grant from the Putnam Bank Foundation for the upgrade of the pantry's laundry; $250 from Putnam Bank; $100 from the Norwich branch's employees; and $500 from Borner and his wife Kathy.

"We are a community bank and we're very entrenched in the community," Lynn Bourque, the bank's senior vice president, said.

The bank, which has been making weekly donations in the names of honored employees all year, had sought input from the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce in determining which Norwich organization to support, Bourque said.

The chamber suggested St. Vincent de Paul Place, which serves the homeless and families with limited incomes in the Norwich area.

Ben Lathrop, president and executive director of the chamber, presented Borner with a plaque in recognition of Putnam Bank's 150 years.

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