The Connecticut Food Bank presented its 2018 Commitment and Service Award to KeyBank Mail Assistant James Trimble on November 30 at a special celebration event held in KeyBank’s New Haven Main branch. Trimble has served as a volunteer at the food bank since 2005; this year, he will complete over 50 personal volunteer hours at the nonprofit. In 2012 James was recognized by the food bank as a Volunteer Hunger Action Hero for his years of engagement with the food bank through volunteerism and food/fund drives. The following year, Trimble initiated the “Super-Size Me” food drive to help neighbors impacted by Super Storm Sandy. He has continued the effort annually for the past five years, raising more than $15,000 in cash donations and thousands of pounds of donated food for food-challenged neighbors in our community.
“James is a stand-out volunteer,” said Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau. “He gives so freely of his time and energy and always boosts spirits with his participation at events, food drives, or helping to sort foods at our warehouse. His Super-Size Me food drive has become one of our signature events each year.”
In 2017, KeyBank joined Trimble’s efforts by collecting food and cash donations at branches throughout its Connecticut and Western Massachusetts market. This year’s drive was held from November 5th to November 16th and also raised donations for FoodShare in Hartford and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
“James is an extraordinary example of how one person can truly make a difference,” said Jeff Hubbard, KeyBank Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Market President. “His passion and dedication to helping those less fortunate exemplifies Key’s community commitment, and we are proud to have him on our team.”
Connecticut Food Bank recently honored KeyBank with its 2018 Corporate Commitment and Service award at a donor reception in October. In addition to supporting Trimble’s food drive, KeyBank’s employees volunteer their time sorting food during Key’s annual Neighbors Make The Difference® Day each May. Plus, KeyBank Foundation has granted more than $100,000 in support of the food bank’s mobile food pantry program.
KeyBank has more than 70 branches serving customers, businesses, and communities throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.