BNB228_PaperApple_4C.inddThe Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB) has once again kicked off its annual Apple Campaign, which was started in 2011 to help support local food pantries and the growing pressure they feel as the needs of local communities have escalated. Across the bank-wide network of 40 branches, customers and staff contribute funds and food that are distributed to local pantries, as well as Long Island Cares and Island Harvest. Since the program’s inception, BNB has contributed well in excess of $100,000.
“This is one of the community programs we are most proud of,” said Kevin M. O’Connor, President and CEO of Bridgehampton National Bank. “It is a true collaboration between the Bank, its customers and employees, working together to help those most in need in our communities. It is the essence of what it means to be a community bank.”
The Apple program began six years ago with a conversation initiated by the East Hampton Food Pantry. They suggested the “apple” as a means of recognizing donations. BNB adopted the program across its branch network, from Montauk to Manhattan. The program has become an annual holiday tradition which runs through the end of January. In lieu of holiday gifts to staff, BNB donates in the name of its employees, and customers enthusiastically participate. BNB matches donations and fills in any gaps to reach its goals. In addition to the financial gift, branch staff collect non- perishable foods during the months of November, December and January, which are also distributed to local pantries. BNB invites both customers and friends to stop by and give at any branch. A fabric lunch bag is available for a gift of $5 or more.
Established in 1910, BNB, with assets of approximately $3.8 billion, operates 40 retail branch locations serving Long Island and the greater New York metropolitan area. In addition, the Bank operates two loan production offices: one in Manhattan, and one in Riverhead, New York. BNB is recognized as one of the top community banks in the country. BNB has a rich tradition of involvement in the community, supporting programs and initiatives that promote local business, the environment, education, healthcare, social services, and the arts.

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