JFS Receives Grant for $3,000 to Help Supermarketing for Seniors Program

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 4.58.07 PMJewish Family Services of Greenwich was presented a grant of $3,000 from the First County Bank Foundation, its fifth grant from the bank. The funds will to be used exclusively support our Supermarketing for Seniors program.

Supermarketing for Seniors is a free grocery shopping and case management program frail and elderly Greenwich residents. The program was established in 1986 in response to the needs of elderly residents wanting to live independently in their own homes but were unable to do so without assistance in doing their grocery shopping.

Drew Marzullo and Peter Tesei celebrating the 25 anniversary of the “Supermarketing for Seniors” program in 2012. Credit: Leslie Yager

Drew Marzullo and Peter Tesei celebrating the 25 anniversary of the JFS “Supermarketing for Seniors” program in 2012. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Although it was started by and is run by Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, Supermarketing for Seniors serves individuals of all backgrounds.

The only eligibility requirement is that a person be 60 or older and live in Greenwich. There is no fee for the service.   

In 2015, the First County Bank Foundation awarded grants totaling $544,000 to help 88 nonprofit agencies supporting education, job training, medical programs, advocacy and counseling programs, nutrition programs benefiting youth and families, emergency assistance programs, shelters for homeless mothers and their children. Since its inception in 2001, the foundation has awarded over $7 million to over 200 local nonprofits.

If you are a home-bound senior, or know of one, who is unable to shop for him or herself, or,   you would like to volunteer to grocery shop for a Supermarketing for Seniors client, please call JFS at 203-622-1881. Supermarketing for Seniors is partially funded through the United Way of Greenwich and the Town of Greenwich.

Established in 2001 in honor of the bank’s 150th anniversary, First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers contributions made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 164 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, trust and investment services, business banking services and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.4 billion.