Bank of the Sierra Gives Food Drive Donations to Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles County Nonprofits
August 24, 2020
Porterville, CA – Bank of the Sierra announced today that it collected donations of over 3,100 canned and nonperishable food items as part of a bank-wide food drive throughout Central and Southern California. The food drive started on Monday, July 6 and ended on Friday, July 31. The Bank is very grateful that the communities it serves donated food at all 40 of its branches.
The food was donated to food banks and other nonprofit organizations in the local area where the food was collected. These nonprofits will distribute the food to low-income individuals and families in need. Participating organizations included Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Lompoc Food Pantry, Food Share in Ventura, Spirit of Santa Paula, and HELP of Ojai.
“Our communities showed incredible generosity during our food drive. The amount of food we received far exceeded our expectations, especially since we’re in the middle of a pandemic,” said Kevin McPhaill, President and CEO of Bank of the Sierra. “We know these donations will make it easier for those in need.”
The July food drive was just one way Bank of the Sierra is helping its communities during these challenging times. The focus of its Sierra Grant Program has been changed to provide funding to nonprofits that are fighting or have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bank will continue to look for ways to help during the pandemic and beyond.
About the Sierra Grant Program
Since its inception in 2004, the Sierra Grant Program has been responsible for donating over $2.4 million to organizations that improve local communities. Nonprofits who wish to apply for a Sierra Grant can pick up an instructional brochure at any Bank of the Sierra branch or visit the Bank’s website at bankofthesierra.com/sierragrant.
About Bank of the Sierra
Bank of the Sierra is in its 43rd year of operations and is the largest independent bank headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley. Bank of the Sierra is a community-centric regional bank, which offers a full range of retail and commercial banking services with full-service branches located within the counties of Tulare, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. The bank also maintains a loan production office and an online branch, and it provides specialized lending services through an agricultural credit center and an SBA center. Bank of the Sierra was recognized as one of the strongest and top-performing community banks in the country with a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial.