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Oritani Bank Announces Christmas in July

Posted on 7/18/2017 by

Township of Washington, NJ (July 14, 2017) – Oritani Bank announced that it will be hosting its annual “Christmas in July” children’s food drive from June 26th through August 5th. All 26 Oritani Bank branches are accepting donations for non-perishable food items, pet food and monetary donations.

Oritani Bank Announces Christmas in July

Bank hosts food drive to replenish much needed necessities

 

Township of Washington, NJ (July 14, 2017) – Oritani Bank announced that it will be hosting its annual “Christmas in July” children’s food drive from June 26th through August 5th. All 26 Oritani Bank branches are accepting donations for non-perishable food items, pet food and monetary donations.

 Oritani Bank will provide shopping lists and specially designated bags in order to make donations easier. The items and money collected will be donated to the Center for Food Action (CFA), the Palisades Emergency Residence Corp. (PERC) and Saint Peter’s Haven; three of the leading providers of emergency food aid to children in northern New Jersey.

 More than 42 million Americans are food insecure, which means they don’t know if they have enough to feed themselves and their families. 1.1 million of them live in New Jersey. Nearly 340,000 New Jersey children (almost 1 in 5 kids) don’t have enough food to eat, which has a direct effect on their physical and mental health. The Bank’s food drive aims to eliminate the cause of hunger in New Jersey and give back to those in need of necessities to live.

 “In New Jersey, there are 1,086,285 families with 1,983,828 children. One third of these children live in low-income families. As a community, it is our responsibility to give back to those in need,” said Kevin J. Lynch, Chairman, President and CEO of Oritani Bank and President of the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation. “Oritani Bank has held this food drive for more than 20 years and is proud to continue its support. Hunger is a year-round issue that, unfortunately, many families face on a daily basis. We are happy to contribute to these deserving families and give them the necessities they need to survive.”  Oritani Bank has also matched cash donations made in prior years.

 Oritani Bank announced that all branches located in Bergen County will collect food for the Center for Food Action (CFA). Based in Englewood, the CFA was founded in 1976 to prevent hunger and homelessness. The CFA annually distributes more than $5,400,000 worth of food. It also provides seven-day emergency food packages to low-income families from eight sites in northern New Jersey.

 “Oritani Bank’s food drive makes it possible for many families to put food on the table, as well as feed their pets”, said Patricia Espy, Center for Food Action Executive Director. “We are so grateful for Oritani’s food drive and its mission to give back to those in need. Each year, the donations from this event make it possible for struggling families to feed their children and bring a sense of normalcy to their lives.” The non-profit organization provides emergency food packages, rental and utility assistance, counseling, advocacy and other essential services to those in need in northern New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.cfanj.org.

 In addition, Oritani’s Hudson County branches will support the Palisades Emergency Residence Corp (PERC). Founded in 1981, PERC offers emergency shelter to individuals and families, and permanent housing for the chronically homeless.  It also offers a soup kitchen and food pantry, an after-school program for low-income children, advocacy, and educational and support services. In 2012, the Union City-based non-profit celebrated serving one million meals through its soup kitchen and food pantry. To learn more, go to www.percshelter.org.

 The donations collected at Oritani’s branches in Upper Montclair, Clifton, and Paterson will be given to Saint Peter’s Haven, a food pantry and transitional family shelter whose mission is to provide food and shelter to families and individuals in need, to prevent homelessness, as well as its recurrence, and to offer stability to the family during times of crisis. It assists in getting families back on their feet by working in cooperation with other social services to assure the families receive all the benefits available to them, including veteran benefits, housing and food subsidies, cash assistance and many others. For further information, please visit http://www.saintpetershaven.org/.

 About OritaniBank Charitable Foundation:

Oritani Bank established the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help to improve the quality of life for area residents, especially those members of its communities most in need. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $7 million to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health and human services, youth programs and affordable housing.

 About Oritani Bank:

Oritani Bank is a 106-year-old community bank with more than $4.0 billion in assets, based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. The Bank has 26 branches throughout Bergen, Hudson, Passaic & Essex Counties. Oritani Bank is a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol “ORIT.” Oritani Bank offers a full line of deposit and loan services to both retail and commercial customers. For more information, call   888-ORITANI, or visit its website, www.oritani.com.

 

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