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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth B. Eckel, Senior Vice President, Marketing
TELEPHONE: 401-348-1309
EMAIL: ebeckel@washtrust.com
DATE: July 3, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington Trust Collects More than 4 Tons of Peanut Butter

Bank’s Peanut Butter Drive Benefits RI Food Pantries

Westerly, Rhode Island... Washington Trust’s 13th Annual Peanut Butter Drive brought in 8,515 pounds, or 4.26 tons, of peanut butter for local Rhode Island food pantries. The Bank started its annual drive in 2001 and has collected more than 104 tons of peanut butter since that time.”

“Washington Trust is committed to helping Rhode Island families in need,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman, President and CEO. MarcAurele, who also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, added, “Statistics indicate that one in six children go to bed hungry at night. We’re proud to do our part, as over the past 13 years, we’ve collected enough peanut butter to make more than three million sandwiches.”

Washington Trust donated peanut butter to the following local food banks: North Kingstown Food Pantry; the Jonnycake Centers of Peace Dale and Westerly; the Wood River Food Pantry; The Bread of Life Food Pantry; the Comprehensive Community Action Program; the Providence In-Town Churches Association; the Rhode Island Community Food Bank; the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center; and the West Bay Community Action Program.

Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is one of New England’s premier financial services companies, providing mortgage banking, commercial banking, small business banking, personal banking, and wealth management and trust services to individuals and institutions through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ Global Select, symbol: WASH). Web site address: www.washtrust.com.

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