Gettysburg, PA
07/14/2020 10:37 AM

ACNB Bank launched a special initiative in April of this year--- ACNB Helping Hands---that serves to reinforce the Bank’s ongoing commitment to community during the challenging times when the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically impacted local businesses and residents. This program, funded by both ACNB Bank and its affiliated employees, provided nearly 6,000 meals prepared by 16 restaurant and catering businesses that are customers which were then distributed during recent months to people in need through 16 local community organizations across the Bank’s southcentral Pennsylvania and northern Maryland footprint.


“Staff members and board members affiliated with ACNB Bank personally contributed $13,250 to this effort. Combined with ACNB Bank’s commitment of $40,000 in funding, along with the restaurant and catering partners preparing the meals, we all came together under difficult and demanding circumstances for each other and for the benefit of those in need within our local communities,” said James P. Helt, ACNB Bank President & Chief Executive Officer. “The restaurant and catering partners were excited to participate in ACNB Helping Hands at a time when their business was focused primarily on carry-out orders. The local residents served through the community organizations were thankful for a nutritious meal at a time of tremendous uncertainty. In all, the gratitude expressed through the eyes of those receiving the meals and the local community organizations made this a very meaningful experience for everyone involved,” continued Mr. Helt.


In ACNB Bank’s southcentral Pennsylvania markets, the business partners included CJ’s BBQ Smokehouse in Chambersburg, Ernie’s Texas Lunch in Gettysburg, Firehouse Grill in Littlestown, La Bella Italia in Gettysburg, Little Everett’s BBQ in Hanover, Mamma’s Pizzeria and Ristorante in Biglerville, Maria & Sal’s Pizzeria in Fayetteville, Olivia’s Mediterranean Cuisine in Gettysburg, and The Altland House in Abbottstown. Collectively, these Bank restaurant and catering customers provided 3,033 meals through eight community organizations---Adams County Housing Authority, Adams Rescue Mission, Clearview Terrace Apartments, Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen, Hanover Area Council of Churches, Our Daily Bread, Franklin County Housing Authority, and Salvation Army Chambersburg.


Helping Hands efforts in Frederick County, Maryland, where FCB Bank, a division of ACNB Bank, is located, resulted in partnerships with three Frederick restaurant customers, including Black Hog BBQ, Dutch’s Daughter and Ilforno Pizzeria, to furnish 1,291 meals to local residents through the three community organizations of Frederick Community Action Agency, Frederick Rescue Mission, and Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership.


In Carroll County, Maryland, NWSB Bank, a division of ACNB Bank, worked with four restaurant and catering customers---Bess and Ben’s Country Kitchen Restaurant in Taneytown, Maggie’s Restaurant in Westminster, The Buttersburg Inn in Union Bridge, and The Food Chick in Westminster---to collectively provide 1,271 meals to five organizations serving residents throughout Carroll County including the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, Caring Carroll, Inc., Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc., Salvation Army of Carroll County, and Together We Own It. Staff members of Russell Insurance Group, Inc., a full-service insurance agency and affiliate of ACNB Bank headquartered in Westminster, MD, contributed to the outreach efforts in this region of the Bank’s footprint.


 Additionally, through ACNB Helping Hands, ACNB Bank staff members reached out to local nursing home residents by making nearly 1,000 greeting cards and offering words of encouragement during this time of isolation when residents are without visitors. A greeting card was also enclosed in each of the meal packages distributed to homebound and elderly residents served through the Meals on Wheels program that is affiliated with the Hanover Area Council of Churches in Hanover, PA.


“I could not be more proud of my colleagues and these local restaurants and caterers for their commitment and passion for this effort. Working together, we made the lives of many in our market areas a little brighter during this trying time,” Mr. Helt added.

 PICTURED: From left to right: NWSB Bank Assistant Vice President/New Windsor Office Community Banking Manager Mike Lippy and NWSB Bank Senior Vice President/Regional Sales Manager Lisa Monthley helped the restaurant staff wrap and pack the lunches for one of three visits to Together We Own It for meal distribution.

Lauren Muzzy
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