The Bedford Community Table/Food Pantry is once again the recipient of a grant from Middlesex Savings Bank, whose Charitable Foundation is providing 33 local food pantries each with a $10,000 contribution to support their response to the pandemic. The Foundation has established a $1 million Covid-19 Relief Fund; earlier this year, the Bedford Food Pantry received $5,000 from the Foundation.
Jan Pendleton, President of the Bedford Community Table/Pantry, told The Citizen that while the Pantry is “on hiatus” during the pandemic, all donations it receives are passed on to the town’s Emergency Relief Fund with the understanding they will support the Bedford Food Bank. Although the Community Pantry is waiting out the pandemic, their web site is still active with updated news and suggestions for ways you can help during this time. Take a look at http://www.bedfordfoodpantry.org/
Last year, three Bedford organizations were recipients of Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation grants: The Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library and the Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging each received $15,000, while the Community Table received $20,000.
And in 2018 the Bedford Education Foundation was awarded a $50,000 gift from the Bank’s ‘Right There with Education’ program to fund creative and innovative programs and materials for the Bedford Public Schools.
Headquartered in Natick, with branches in 33 MetroWest communities, Middlesex Savings Bank is the largest mutual bank in the state. There is a strong local connection: The Bank’s CEO is Michael McAuliffe, Bedford native and brother of Maureen (McAuliffe) Sullivan, former president of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce.
To date, the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation has distributed $760,000 from the relief fund to 73 non-profits in the community. The Foundation was established in 2000 to carry out further the philanthropic mission of Middlesex Savings Bank and has provided more than $10 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations, supporting services and programs in a wide variety of fields, including education and basic human services.