Township of Washington, NJ July 26, 2011 Oritani Bank is holding a Christmas in July Childrens Food Drive from June 27th through August 5th. All Oritani Bank branches are collecting donations of non-perishable food items and cash for the Center for Food Action and the Palisades Emergency Residence Corp., two of the leading providers of emergency food aid to children in Northern New Jersey. A shopping list of the most needed items for children is available at each branch and Oritani is encouraging its customers and staff to take one of their special bags, fill it up and return it to any Oritani branch.
Children are among the most vulnerable of our neighbors in need. The response to our request for donations has been extraordinary so far and reflects the caring and generosity of the communities we serve, said Kevin J. Lynch, Chairman, President and CEO of Oritani Bank and President of the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation. We hope this trend will continue for the rest of the food drive. Together, we can help prevent childhood hunger in our communities.
In 2010, the Center for Food Action (CFA) provided seven-day emergency food packages to over 25,000 children, seven percent of whom were under the age of three. Based in Englewood, the CFA was founded in 1976 to prevent hunger and homelessness. The nonprofit organization provides emergency food packages, rental and utility assistance, counseling, advocacy and other essential services to those in need in northern New Jersey. For more information, visit www.cfanj.org.
Founded in 1981, Palisades Emergency Residence Corp. (PERC) offers emergency shelter to individuals and families and permanent housing for the chronically homeless in addition to a soup kitchen and food pantry, an after-school program for low-income children, advocacy, and educational and support services. In 2010, the Union City based nonprofit provided over 72,000 meals and 2,100 grocery boxes through its soup kitchen and food pantry. To learn more, go to www.percshelter.org.
The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation will also help out the childrens food drive by matching the amount of any cash or check donations that are made. Through the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation, the bank assists not-for-profit organizations that help improve the quality of life for residents in Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic counties. Since 2007, the Foundation has donated more than $2 million to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health & human services, youth programs, and affordable housing.
OritaniBank is a 100 year old community bank with over $2.5 billion in assets based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. OritaniBank's parent Oritani Financial Corp. is a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol ORIT. OritaniBank has 23 branches throughout Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties, and offers a full line of deposit and loan services to both retail and commercial customers. For more information, call 888-ORITANI, or visit their website, www.oritani.com.