Merchants Bank Donates $6,000 to 12 Area Food Banks

(Bangor, PA) - To mark the holiday season, Merchants Bank is donating a total of $6,000 to 12 area food banks, in order to meet the demand to feed the needy of Northampton County.

According to the Food Research and Action Center’s research study, Food Hardship: A Closer Look at Hunger, which found that 15.4% of respondents from Northampton County experienced food hardship. As Second Harvest states, “Food hardship is defined as the lack of sufficient funds within the past twelve months to buy food for themselves and their families.”

As a community bank fulfilling its mission, the Board of Directors and employees of Merchants take pride in their ongoing commitment to support the communities they serve. “We are happy to help meet some of the most basic needs of the less fortunate in our area,” said Tracey Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Merchants Bank.

Financial donations of $500 each will be made to: The Salvation Army, Families First, Saint Elizabeth’s/Saint Joseph’s Ministry, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pentecostal Christian Church, Benders Mennonite Church, Safe Harbor, Family Life Community Church, Portland Upper Mt. Bethel Pantry (PUMP), Nazareth Area Food Bank, New Bethany Ministries and Cornerstone Church. The 12 food banks provide food for Northampton County’s needy families.

Established in 1890, Merchants Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank.  Headquartered in Bangor, PA, Merchants has two branch offices in Bangor and additional offices throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Mount Bethel, Wind Gap, Nazareth, Forks Township, Martins Creek, Easton and Bethlehem, PA. In 2013 the Bank was recognized for its community involvement and volunteerism through two awards: Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s The Spirit of Forks Award as well as The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s Spirit of Volunteerism Award. MNB Investment Services is a division of the bank and offers investment and wealth management financial services. For more information, please visit