Paducah Bank presented a check to the 4-H Food Backpack Program for $5,200 to support the work of the organization in feeding hungry students in Paducah-McCracken County.
“Five years ago, we created a special initiative that works in a partnership with our customers and our commitment to the needs of the community,” said Mardie Herndon, Paducah Bank President. “Our Swipe and Serve project allows our customers to help us help those who are hungry in our city and county. Every time our customers use their debit cards as a signature-based transaction, the bank is putting aside a contribution to one of five local organizations that help the hungry.
“We are extremely appreciative of the continued support from Paducah Bank,” said Robert Tashjian, the McCracken County Extension Manager for the University of Kentucky. “400 youth each week are able to receive food for this entire school year thanks to our generous donors including Paducah Bank. Not only did they provide monetary help, they also provided much needed manual labor to fill backpacks since the beginning of the new school year.”
Paducah Bank Marketing Director Susan Guess credits their customers for the program’s success. “We live in a generous community,” she said. “Our customers have helped us donate more the $150,000 to help those with food insecurity throughout our community.”
“This is a testament to the people who make Paducah Bank the kind of caring community bank that we can all be very proud of,” added Herndon.
Additional recipients of the 2018 Swipe and Serve program are New Pathways for Children, the Paducah/McCracken County Senior Citizen Center Meals on Wheels program, the River City Mission, and Paducah Cooperative Ministry. Earlier in the year, the bank designated a portion of those contributions for the new Swipe and Heal program, an initiative specifically to support the students and families affected by the tragedy at Marshall County High School in January.
Paducah Bank is an award-winning, locally-owned bank with banking centers in six locations in the city and county, and employs more than 130 people. 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 and was named Best Bank in the Paducah Sun Readers’ Choice Awards in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Recently, the bank was named one of the Top 50 Banks in the nation for effective use of social media by ICBA. Paducah Bank was the only Kentucky bank to make the list.
(Pictured at the check presentation are representatives of the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office, employees and members of the board of directors of Paducah Bank.)