Alan Day Community Garden teaches Maine youth the importance of accessing nutritious food, with help from Norway Savings Bank

Norway, Maine – With the growing epidemic of obesity, heart-disease, diabetes and other food-related illnesses, providing access to nutritious, local food addresses social and economic disparities that people in our Maine communities face. To help build access and awareness, Norway Savings Bank has teamed up with the Alan Day Community Garden in Norway to sponsor students to attend the Garden’s eight week Youth Leadership Program for the summer of 2017.

The Alan Day Community Garden is a non-profit organization dedicated to a healthy future for the people and land of Oxford Hills. Through a variety of workshops, the Youth Leadership Program teaches students how to plant, tend, harvest and prepare healthy and delicious meals all while instilling confidence, self-reliance and community values in a safe learning environment.

“We are thrilled to see that the Community Garden has developed a program for Maine youth to teach them the importance of nutritious choices and skills to access healthy options,” states Patricia Weigel, President & CEO of Norway Savings Bank. We are happy that two students will be able to attend this summer’s program and we encourage other businesses to join us by helping this organization.”

The cost for a student to participate in the Youth Leadership Program is $500 but to provide our youth with lifelong and life-changing skills, experiences and relationships is priceless. With the $1,000 support from Norway Savings Bank, two students will be able to attend.

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L-R: Jennifer Russell, Assistant Norway Branch Manager, Norway Savings Bank; Rocky Crockett, Executive Director, Alan Day Community Garden and Pat Weigel, President & CEO, Norway Savings Bank

 

About Norway Savings Bank

Founded in 1866, Norway Savings Bank is a leading mutual banking and financial services company headquartered in Norway, Maine. As of December 31, 2016, Norway Savings Bank had $1.093 billion in total assets and provides financial services to over 38,000 households throughout western and southern Maine. Norway Savings Bank has 24 branch locations and operates divisions in asset management, personal banking and business banking. In 2016, Norway Savings Bank was honored as one of the Best Banks to Work For by American Banker and Best Companies Group as well as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine. In 2013, Norway Savings Bank received the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence and has been recognized as one of the healthiest companies in America by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) as a two-time Gold-Level Well Workplace award recipient. BauerFinancial has designated 5-Star Norway Savings Bank the “Best of Bauer” for earning and maintaining its highest 5-star rating for 25 continuous years or longer. For more information, visit www.norwaysavings.bank .