(Bridgehampton, NY – November 16, 2015) Bridgehampton National Bank's (BNB) 5th Annual Holiday Apple Campaign began on November 1 with the hope of increasing donations to this year to meet the needs of a growing number of food pantries across Long Island. In 2015, BNB distributed nearly $30,000 and the program has raised well over $100,000 to date. Each of the bank's branches is collection sites for both funds and food. Staff, customers and non-customers are invited to stop in to any location and make a donation. With a $5 donation, the donor receives a BNB lunch bag, while supplies last.
The Apple program began with a conversation initiated by the East Hampton Food Pantry several years ago. The "apple" was a creative means of recognizing donations. At that time, BNB had 20 branches and wanted to roll the program out bank wide. The program has become an annual holiday tradition with customers and employees enthusiastically participating throughout BNB's now forty branch locations.
In addition to the financial gift, branch staff is collecting non-perishable foods. The program runs through the month of January. The collected food is distributed to local food pantries. "Helping those people in our communities who struggle even to put food on their table is a project we feel very strongly about," said Kevin M. O'Connor, president and CEO of BNB.
BNB provides commercial banking across Long Island and into New York City. It is rated one of the top Community Banks in the country. The Bank has a long history of strong results and a reputation for working as partners with local businesses to help them succeed. BNB also has a rich tradition of involvement in the local community, supporting programs and initiatives that promote local business, the environment, education, healthcare, social services and the arts.