A recent penny drive and donation campaign at all Wilson Bank & Trust locations raised a combined $13,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to help feed hungry neighbors.
The total bank donation included money from jars that were displayed at all Wilson Bank & Trust braches; change collected by employees and customers on their own; and a $3,500 matching corporate donation from WB&T. Between early November and the end of January, each WB&T location collected change and provided collection cans for individuals to take home and return.
"I so appreciate Wilson Bank & Trust's role in making the Ms. Cheap Penny Drive for Second Harvest such a success, with our total reaching a record $69,084.63 which translates into 276,339 meals for hungry people in Middle Tennessee this year," said Mary Hance, aka The Tennessean's Ms. Cheap. "Not only did the bank contribute substantially to the drive, it served as the catalyst and facilitator to get hundreds of other businesses and individuals involved in helping Second Harvest and their network of more than 450 partner agencies provide food and other resources to those struggling with hunger throughout 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee.
"This penny drive is about awareness of hunger as well as about raising money, and the enthusiastic support and wide geographic reach of Wilson Bank & Trust was a huge boost," she continued. "I am already thinking about next year and how we can build on this wonderful partnership for another successful drive."
Throughout the bank's service area, Second Harvest works with local partner agencies to provide food for the hungry. Last year, its impact included more than 200,000 meals in DeKalb County; more than 660,000 meals in Putnam County; more than 1.6 million meals in Rutherford County; more than 195,000 meals in Smith County; more than 1.3 million meals in Sumner County; 96,000 meals in Trousdale County; and nearly 750,000 meals in Wilson County.
"We are so grateful for Wilson Bank & Trust's continued partnership with Ms. Cheap's Penny Drive," Second Harvest President and CEO Jaynee Day said. "This year, a significant amount of money was raised to support children, families and seniors in our community; furthermore, the number of meals raised throughout the campaign's history surpassed the one million meal mark - a great achievement in the fight against hunger."
Wilson Bank & Trust has partnered with Ms. Cheap on the annual Second Harvest Penny Drive since 2012.