PROVIDENT EMPLOYEES DONATE TO LARGEST FOOD PANTRY IN HUDSON COUNTY

The Spirit of Giving

sharingplacedonationReverend Jessica Lambert, president of The Sharing Place food pantry and pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, was pleased to accept a $650 donation from The Provident Bank President and CEO Chris Martin, just in time for Thanksgiving. In place of their annual food drive, Provident employees opted this year to make financial contributions to the food pantry, so that needy families would have the pleasure of choosing their own holiday favorites. Bank employees purchased Provident VISA gift cards for the food pantry to hand out to those in need, enabling pantry patrons to follow their individual family traditions. Provident also donated reusable cloth grocery bags to help families carry their groceries home.

The Sharing Place, located in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 440 Hoboken Avenue in Jersey City, is the largest food pantry in Hudson County, serving about 700 families a month. For information on The Sharing Place, visit www.stpauljerseycity.org.

About The Provident Bank

With $4.9 billion in deposits, The Provident Bank serves its customers via a network of 84 branches throughout northern and central New Jersey.  The Provident Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS), which reported assets of $6.8 billion as of September 30, 2009.

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