Local bank teams up with FFT to fight hunger

Special to The Log
Associates from Hancock Bank helped out at the Destin Food For Thought Food Pantry. SPECIAL TO THE LOG

This month, Hancock Bank associates across the Emerald Coast have teamed up with Food For Thought to fill backpacks with healthy foods for students during the holiday break. Individuals from local Hancock Bank branches have collected requested items for the Food For Thought food bank, sorted and packed the backpacks at the facility and delivered the food Nov. 29.

As an extension of its Community Connection volunteer program, which gives associates paid time off each year to give back to their communities, Hancock and Whitney Bank is holding a month-long initiative during National Philanthropy Month called Hands In. The company wholeheartedly supports health and human service initiatives, and is encouraging associates across the entire Gulf South to demonstrate the company’s core values by giving their time, talent and help to the non-profit organizations they feel most passionate about supporting.

“Hancock Bank was founded to create opportunities for people and the communities we serve. That’s been our 24-7, 365-days-a-year commitment since 1899,” said Hancock Bank Market President Bruce Vredenburg. “Hands In further empowers that purpose by bringing all of us together for one intense period of doing good, giving back and paying forward in our hometowns and fits nicely in a month when we give thanks for our own blessings.”

Food For Thought supports child development and educational experiences by bridging the gap between school meals during the weekends and holiday breaks. Founded in 2010, the organization currently serves 15 schools in Walton and Okaloosa counties.

“We depend on our volunteers to help make our work possible,” said Tiffanie Nelson, founder and executive director of Food For Thought. “With the support of companies like Hancock Bank, we are able to serve 1,620 children every week in 21 school locations between two counties."

For more information, such as donation locations, pantry items needed and opportunities to volunteer with Food For Thought, email info@fftfl.org.