With temperatures dropping and prices for goods continuing to rise, Webster Five is donating $35,000 to help local families facing food insecurity and surging home heating costs. The bank is giving $20,000 to the Worcester County Food Bank, $10,000 to the Worcester Community Action Council’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and in honor of Veteran’s Day, $5,000 to the food pantry at the veteran-family-assistance organization, Project New Hope.
Webster Five President and CEO Donald F. Doyle said the bank wanted to focus on helping address the ongoing economic hardships exacerbated by the pandemic. “There are so many families who are struggling with basic needs and it’s just devastating,” said Doyle. “We are grateful to Worcester Community Action Council, the Worcester County Food Bank, and Project New Hope for all the work they do and we’re very pleased to support them.”
WCAC’s Director of Energy Resources Mary Knittle said, “We are most appreciative of Webster Five’s generosity. These funds will help us help so many in our community who are struggling with high home heating bills.” She encouraged those struggling to reach out to WCAC for assistance. The program known as fuel assistance or home heating assistance, helps both homeowners and renters pay home heating bills, and past due balances on utility bills. Financial assistance is available for income-eligible households to help pay home heating bills incurred between November 1 – April 30 of each year. Additional details, including a new online application for first time applicants, is available at www.WCAC.net/fuel-assistance/