Paducah Bank Creates Program to Feed Paducah’s Hungry Citizens

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More than 750,000 Kentuckians, or 17% of the state’s population, do not always know where their next meal will come from. Close to one in four of Kentucky’s children lack consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle. Paducah Bank would like to change that.

“Beginning January 1, for every 100 signature-based transactions Paducah’s Bank’s personal account customers make, the bank will contribute $1 to a fund to feed the hungry in this community,” explained Mardie Herndon, President of Paducah Bank. “So every time customers swipe their debit card for a signature-based purchase, they’ll be supporting the need for food for families in Paducah. Our team of employee/owners is dedicated to our community in many ways. We devote thousands of volunteer hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars to meaningful causes each year. This program is just one more way for us to make an impact on our community in a very positive way. This program is ‘creatively distinctive’ just like our wonderful community.”

The bank’s goal is to average 250,000 transactions per month, which would raise $2,500 each month in funding for the new program. The distribution of the funding will occur once per quarter (goal of $7,500) to the four selected organizations that provide the benefits to citizens in the community.

“We are looking for four organizations which we can identify to help us with this project,” said Susan Guess, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Paducah Bank. “We’re asking those who would like to participate to send in a profile of their organization and to tell us who and how they serve the food needs in our community. We will then select four organizations to help us utilize these funds to provide healthy food for our friends and neighbors in our community.” Applications for selection should be sent to Susan Guess at susan@paducahbank.com by January 15.

Paducah Bank is an award-winning, locally-owned bank with banking locations in the city and county.  The bank also has 9 ATMs throughout the community and employs 130 people.

Paducah Bank is currently the top small business lender and the top mortgage lender in Paducah/McCracken County. Paducah Bank was named the Best Place to Work in Kentucky among medium-sized companies in 2006. In 2008, Paducah Bank was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of the nation’s Top 15 Small Workplaces. In 2013, the bank was named as one of the Top 10 Banks in the nation for the effective use of social media by the Independent Community Bank Association.