COLLIERVILLE, Tenn., March 16, 2015 – BankTennessee is sponsoring the "Yes! Collierville Can" food drive at its Collierville branches from March 16 - April 17. The community is invited to bring canned and non-perishable items or a monetary donation for the Collierville Food Pantry.

“Lets get together to end hunger in Collierville. Robyne Earnest, our branch manager, brought it to our attention that there are an alarming number of families in need living in our community, and we want to do our part to help,” said Jim Rout, president and chief executive officer for BankTennessee.

“We take our role as a community bank seriously. BankTennessee is here to serve our community in any way we can and are proud to support the Collierville Food Pantry,” added Wright Cox, community president of BankTennessee.

“Please bring canned goods and non-perishable items to our BankTennessee offices at 1125 West Poplar at Schilling Farms or our office on the Collierville Square at 100 West Mulberry. Monetary donations are also appreciated,” said Robyne Earnest, branch manager. “We thank Joyce Sogga, the food pantry’s director, and all the good work she has done for our wonderful town for the past 20 years.”

For additional information about the “Yes! Collierville Can!” Food Drive, please contact Robyne Earnest at BankTennessee, at 901-854-0854. 

About the Collierville Food Pantry
In 2014, the Collierville Food Pantry provided groceries for 27,193 meals, which served a base clientele of 300 local families multiple times during the year. In January 2015, there were 83 Collierville families served, which included 149 adults and 61 children. Groceries for 1,890 meals were provided.

The Collierville Food Pantry was established in 1984. Food drives plus donated funds help stock the shelves built by Eagle Scouts. Area restaurants provide frozen surplus food and Fresh Market donates bread and pastries. A community garden, planted several years ago on the grounds of Collierville Christian Church, provides fresh vegetables.

The pantry uses cash donations to help fill in the gaps. Each week, Joyce Sogga, the volunteer director since 1995, goes to grocery stores to purchase things like peanut butter, high-protein beans, tuna, canned meats and soup so the recipients will have a balanced diet.

The food pantry is open on Thursdays from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. Food recipients are required to show photo ID, MLGW bill as proof of residence in Collierville and social security numbers for all household members. They can get food 4 times in a 6-month period. If they show proof of a medical issue or emergency, they can receive food more frequently.

For more information about the Collierville Food Pantry, please call 901-853-3235. It is located at the former Collierville Public Works building on 167 Washington, just east of the Historic Square.

About BankTennessee

“BankTennessee had one of its best years in history in 2014 earning $2.3 million on assets of $269,544,000. We attribute our success to our personnel and local communities we support,” said Jim Rout, chief executive officer and president of the bank. “We take banking personally and are committed to providing a personal level of service where our customers matter. It’s a philosophy that has worked for us since our bank was founded in Memphis in 1934, more than 80 years ago.”

Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, BankTennessee has 8 retail banking offices located in Collierville, East and Downtown Memphis, Germantown, Ripley, Munford, and Lebanon in Middle Tennessee.

BankTennessee offers a full range of financial products and services including personal and business checking accounts, internet banking with web bill pay, mortgages, home equity lines of credit, custom construction loans, commercial and consumer loans, treasury management, remote capture and merchant card services.