Cape Cod Hunger Network News

Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series hosts Food Drive at July 10 concert in Hyannis to help feed neighbors in need   Centerville - The Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series is hosting a food drive to support The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) during a special performance on Tuesday, July 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Aselton Park in Hyannis, featuring local artists Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys. Food donations will be distributed to local residents in need through GBFB member agencies in the Cape Cod Hunger Network.   "We are very excited to partner with the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod to support the critical work of The Greater Boston Food Bank that will help so many individuals and families who are struggling to put food on their table," said Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Massachusetts. "This collaboration demonstrates that together we are on the road to ending hunger in our local communities."   GBFB serves more than 30 Cape Cod food pantries and will be on site to accept donations. Concert goers who donate non-perishable items at the performance will receive a Passport To The Arts, courtesy of The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. The Passport, a $20 value, offers discounts to local theaters, galleries and restaurants.   "Many people do not realize that hunger is a very real problem in Cape Cod communities," said Catherine D'Amato, GBFB President and CEO. "We are grateful for the efforts of Citizens Bank and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod to help end hunger in eastern Massachusetts by raising awareness and support with the Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series."   According to Mary Anderson, co-chair of the Cape Cod Hunger Network, GBFB distributes nutritious food to all 33 hunger relief agencies on the Cape. One of these agencies, The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, receives food weekly from GBFB at no or very low cost enabling it to provide food to more than 1,000 households each month.   Concert attendants are encouraged to join Citizens Bank and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod in their effort to drive out hunger by donating a non-perishable that will help local neighbors in need. Desirable items include canned tuna, chicken, or other meats; canned soups or chili; plastic bottles or cans of 100 percent fruit juice; pasta, rice, or other grains; healthy cereal; dry or boxed shelf-stable milk; canned beans; peanut butter; or canned vegetables.   "We often lose sight of the fact that hunger is an issue for many people on Cape Cod. The opportunity, through our partnership with Citizens Bank, to help make a positive impact on our hungry neighbors in need, adds additional meaning to this concert." said Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Executive Director Kevin Howard.   The Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series features 48 performances by more than 20 popular local bands throughout the summer months. All concerts are free and open to the public.  Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket to the concerts.  There will be no rain dates. The full series schedule is available at  About Arts Foundation of Cape Cod The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod supports, promotes, and celebrates the art, culture, and heritage of Cape Cod year-round.  For more information about the AFCC please visit us online at or call 508-362-0066.    About Citizens Bank Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 254 branches and 754 ATMs in Massachusetts.   RBS Citizens, N.A., is a subsidiary of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $130 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries has more than 1,460 branches, approximately 3,800 ATMs and approximately 19,200 colleagues. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont; and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. RBSCFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. RBSCFG is owned by RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). RBSCFG's website is     About The Greater Boston Food Bank The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. GBFB distributes nearly 40 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to 550 member hunger-relief agencies and more than 30 direct service programs throughout eastern Massachusetts in a dedicated partnership to end hunger in our region. This provides meals for as many as 545,000 people a year. GBFB is a member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. For more information, visit us at, become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@gr8bosfoodbank), or call us at 617.427.5200.

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