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Washington Trust Kicks Off 22nd Annual Peanut Butter Drive in Partnership with Local Hunger Relief Agencies

March 10, 2022

According to the Food Bank, one in six households in Rhode Island cannot meet their basic food needs, and one in four families with children are at risk of hunger. Throughout the pandemic, the Food Bank has continued to serve more than 54,000 Rhode Islanders each month through their network of 150 member agencies, including food pantries, meal sites, shelters, youth programs and senior centers.

“The annual Washington Trust Peanut Butter Drive is an opportunity for our communities to come together to support one another, especially in the wake of several exceptionally challenging years,” said Edward O. “Ned” Handy III, Washington Trust Chairman & CEO and President of the Board of Directors at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “We look forward to another successful year and want to thank our customers, local businesses, and the community at large in advance for their participation in this important hunger relief initiative.”

For the next month, there are four ways community members can support the Peanut Butter Drive:

  • Drop off a jar of peanut butter at any Washington Trust branch location. Peanut butter collected at branches will be distributed to local hunger relief agency partners.
  • Visit to make an online donation in support of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
  • Sign up to host a collection! Washington Trust will share everything necessary to host a collection at your school, business, organization or in your neighborhood.
  • #SpreadTheWord! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and share the opportunity to get involved and to give with your networks.

Last week, Washington Trust employees raised more than $6,000 during an annual employee appreciation event, which the Bank then matched, dollar for dollar. The Peanut Butter Drive will run in all branch locations and online through Thursday, March 31. To learn more and to get involved, visit


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: WASH).

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