PORTERVILLE, CA – Bank of the Sierra is pleased to announce a Sierra Grant in the amount of $2,000 has been awarded to the Bethlehem Center. The Bethlehem Center prepares and serves over 7,000 hot meals each month and also feeds over 700 families per month from their food pantry. The center also provides clothes, laundry services, hygiene kits, AA and NA recovery services, pantry food boxes and serves as a cooling center in the summertime. The grant funds will be used towards purchasing a new Walk-In Cooler/Freezer Combo to replace their current food storage equipment that is no longer functioning.
The Sierra Grant Program is designed to improve the quality of life for the families, especially the children, who reflect the diversity within Bank of the Sierra branch communities. The Sierra Grant Program is focused on three areas: community services, park preservation, and education. Anyone involved in a non-profit program, who may be interested in a Sierra Grant, can pick up an instructional brochure at any Bank of the Sierra branch, or visit the bank web site at www.bankofthesierra.com.
Bank of the Sierra (www.bankofthesierra.com) is in its 38th year of operations, and at $1.7 billion in assets is the largest independent bank headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley. The Company has over 400 employees and conducts business through 28 branch offices, an online branch, a real estate industries center, and an agricultural credit center.