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Citizens Bank Foundation announces $2,500 grant to Claremont Soup Kitchen

Grant will help provide 2,500 meals for individuals and families in Sullivan County

Manchster, N.H. (July 17, 2013) – The Citizens Bank Foundation has awarded a $2,500 grant to the Claremont Soup Kitchen’s dinner service program, which will provide 2,500 meals to those in need. The soup kitchen offers meal service Monday through Thursday, providing 173 hot meals each night.

The grant is part of the bank’s Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger initiative that focuses on eradicating hunger by supporting innovative programs and organizations that provide access to nutritious food.

“Many individuals and families in our area are facing challenging times, and their budgets are stretched,” said Branch Manager Michele Wright of the Citizens Bank in Claremont. “By supporting the Claremont Soup Kitchen, we can ensure that our neighbors have a place to go when they need a nutritious meal and support from their community.”

The Claremont Soup Kitchen is a nonprofit community agency dedicated to serving individuals and families in the Sullivan County area who need food assistance. The organization has seen a tremendous increase in the need for its services over the last year. In addition to daily hot evening meals, it also provides food boxes, hygiene products, laundry soap and diapers to its clients.

“The economy is still recovering, making it difficult for many to afford rent, heat, health care, and food for themselves and their families,” said Janet Bunnell, Executive Director, Claremont Soup Kitchen. “We served nearly 7,500 more people last year than the year before, and the need continues to grow. This support from the Citizens Bank Foundation will help provide more meals to meet the increased demand.”

To learn more about the Claremont Soup Kitchen, or to access their services, please call 603.543.3290.

Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities is part of the bank’s broader Citizens Helping Citizens program addressing five key areas: hunger, housing, economic development, financial education and volunteerism. Get more information about Citizens Bank’s community initiatives online.

About Citizens Helping Citizens
Grounded in the belief that a good bank gives back to its community and to the people who live there, Citizens Helping Citizens is a program embracing the community goals of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc. – the commercial bank holding company serving consumer and small business customers as Citizens Bank and Charter One and commercial banking customers as RBS Citizens. The Citizens Helping Citizens program comprises five key initiatives supported directly by RBSCFG and also by its nonprofit charitable foundations, the Citizens Charitable Foundation, the Citizens Bank Foundation and the Charter One Foundation: Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger, Citizens Helping Citizens Provide Shelter, Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities (economic development), Citizens Helping Citizens Teach Money Management (financial education) and Citizens Helping Citizens Give (volunteerism and colleague charitable donations). Across all of these initiatives, Citizens Helping Citizens strives to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities.

About Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 80 branches and 202 ATMs in New Hampshire.

RBS Citizens, N.A., is a subsidiary of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $126 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries has approximately 1,400 branches, more than 3,600 ATMs and nearly 19,000 colleagues. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont; and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. RBSCFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. RBSCFG is owned by RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). RBSCFG’s website iscitizensbank.com.



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