Supermarketing for Seniors gets a financial boost

From left, John Dowling and Jeff Robinson from First County Bank and Mary Karlan and Lisa Loraine Smith from Jewish Family Services of Greenwich.

From left, John Dowling and Jeff Robinson from First County Bank and Mary Karlan and Lisa Loraine Smith from Jewish Family Services of Greenwich.

The First County Bank Foundation recently ensured that local seniors will have fully stocked pantries by awarding a $3,000 grant to the Jewish Family Services’ (JFS) Supermarketing for Seniors program.

The grant is the third the foundation has presented to JFS to be used exclusively for the program.

Supermarketing for Seniors is a free grocery shopping and case management program established in 1986 in response to the needs of a growing number of frail and elderly Greenwich residents who wanted to continue to live quality, independent lives in their own homes but were unable to do so without assistance in doing their marketing.

Although it was started by and is run by JFS, Supermarketing for Seniors serves individuals of all backgrounds. The only eligibility requirement is that a person be 60 or older and live in the town of Greenwich. There is no fee for the service.

Established in 2001 in honor of the bank’s 150th anniversary, the First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development, and to increase the availability of affordable housing and programs that support the quality of life and educational enrichment for families and children.

As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers contributions made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

Last year, the foundation awarded approximately $600,000 to 124 nonprofit organizations throughout lower Fairfield County. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded a total of 668 individual grants, worth more than $5 million.

If you are a home-bound senior, or know of one, who is unable to shop for him or herself, or, you would like to volunteer to grocery shop for  Supermarketing for Seniors clients, call JFS at 203-622-1881 or visit jfsgreenwich.org.

Supermarketing for Seniors is partially funded through the United Way of Greenwich and the town.

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