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Washington Trust Collects 4.75 Tons of Peanut Butter for 16th Annual Peanut Butter Drive Benefitting Area Food Pantries

May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016

Westerly, RI – The Washington Trust Company collected approximately 9,500 pounds, or more than 4.75 tons of peanut butter during the sixteenth annual Washington Trust Peanut Butter Drive to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and 15 local food pantries across Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut. Washington Trust has collected more than 120 tons of peanut butter since launching the drive in 2001.

“For sixteen years, our employees have partnered with area businesses, schools and community organizations to collect peanut butter for families in need,” explained Joseph MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman & CEO. “Peanut butter is a versatile superfood with a long shelf life and more than 30 essential vitamins and nutrients. One jar can make 15 sandwiches for a hungry family. That means to date, our annual peanut butter drive has helped make more than 3.5 million sandwiches for Rhode Island families,” adds MarcAurele, who also serves as President of the Board of Directors for the RI Community Food Bank.

Washington Trust employees were responsible for much of the collection effort, as were peanut butter collection bins located in each of the Bank’s 21 branches. The schools who collected the most peanut butter in 2016 included Burrillville Middle School, Monsignor Clarke, RI Philharmonic School, St. Philomena School and Wawaloam School. Allie’s Tack Shop, Christ Church of Westerly, E.B. Thomsen, Inc., Faith Bible Chapel, First SDB Church of Hopkinton, Kidds & Co., the North Kingstown Rotary, Servicemaster by Mason, Stop & Shop, Tockwotton on the Waterfront, Village House Nursing & Rehab and Westerly Hospital also contributed to the peanut butter drive.

Washington Trust donated peanut butter to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank as well as local food pantries including Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP), Exeter Food Pantry, Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale, Jonnycake Center of Westerly, New Hope Chapel Food Pantry, North Kingstown Food Pantry, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, Providence Intown Churches Association, St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry, St. Patrick’s Food Closet, WARM Center of Westerly, The Welcome House of South County, West Bay Community Action and West Greenwich Food Pantry.

Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and one of the Northeast’s premier financial services companies. Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage banking, personal banking and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ OMX®: WASH). Additional information on Washington Trust and its subsidiaries can be found at