Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Berkshire Bank packages over 50,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger for its Xtraordinary Day

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2019

WESTFIELD, MA (June 13, 2019) – Berkshire Bank employees recently came together to package over 50,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger which will be sent to nations where starvation is a key concern. The donation was a part of the bank’s annual Xtraordinary Day of Service, where the bank closes its offices early to empower employees to volunteer in their local communities. The event is in its fourth year.

“Xtraordinary Day highlights our commitment to being a 21st-century community bank by putting our Be FIRST values into action in the communities we serve,” stated Gary Levante, SVP, Corporate Responsibility & Culture. “Our employees work tirelessly each and every day to be change agents in our local communities harnessing their skills, expertise and time to help ensure all individuals thrive.”

The volunteer work for Rise Against Hunger was one of 37 projects completed as a part of Xtraordinary Day. Over 90% of Berkshire Bank’s workforce participated in the event, totaling over 6,000 hours of volunteer work in a single day throughout the bank’s footprint.

Pictured: Local Berkshire Bank employees help Rise for Hunger package meals for those in need in nations around the world.

Berkshire Bank is recognized for its entrepreneurial approach, relationship customer experience, and distinctive culture embracing and celebrating the diversity of all customers, employees and, suppliers - as its commitment to diversity continues to grow. With $13.9 billion in assets, Berkshire provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management, investment and, insurance services through 132 branch offices in New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including Commerce Bank, a division of Berkshire Bank. Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank. Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts' Most Charitable Companies by the Boston Business Journal in 2018. To learn more, visit, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and, LinkedIn.  Berkshire Bank is the official bank of NESN's Boston Bruins coverage.   Life is Exciting.  Let us help


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