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Helping In His Name Food Pantry has received a $3,000 grant from The Heritage Community Foundation.

JONESBORO – Helping in His Name Ministries has received a $3,000 grant from The Heritage Community Foundation.

The grant will be used to fund the purchase of electronic pallet jacks for The Food Pantry to help the volunteers unload delivery trucks and efficiently move the food and resources into their storage area.

“The Heritage Community Foundation continues to support non-profit groups in our area that are focused on helping combat hunger,” said Mark Dose, executive director of the Heritage Community Foundation. “The Food Pantry organization provides food to hungry and needy people in the area. Their volunteers use the food and other resources that are donated to bridge the gap for people in need.”

The Heritage Community Foundation began its work in 2015 as an initiative of Heritage Bank employees with a mission of supporting and reinforcing the good work being done by non-profit groups in the Bank’s service area. Since beginning its work in January of 2015 the Foundation has provided nearly $585,000 in grants to more than 150 non-profit groups and agencies in Henry, Clayton and Fayette counties.

“The generosity of Heritage Bank’s 125 or so employees is amazing,” said Kerry Arnold, Henry County president of Heritage Bank and a member of the Heritage Community Foundation board of directors. “Our employees will donate over $40,000 to the foundation this year. Also Heritage Bank absorbs all of the operating costs of the foundation, so 100 percent of the funds donated go directly to meet community needs in the form of grant awards. Not many non-profit groups have the benefit of zero operating costs. We do, thanks to the support from Heritage Bank.”

In 2018, the Heritage Community Foundation provided over $166,000 in grant funds to 54 non-profit groups in Clayton, Henry and Fayette counties. The foundation was developed by bank employees to support Heritage Bank’s first mission, “Committed to those we serve.”

The foundation raises funds through an annual golf tournament in the spring and a clay shoot event in the fall. There are also a number of individuals in the area that donate to the foundation.

Education reporter Heather Middleton joined the Clayton News and Henry Herald in 2002.

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