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Hancock Whitney Helps Hammond Hurricane Ida Recovery with $10K Donation to Local Food Bank

Bank feeds parish residents for post-storm relief; continues healthcare worker support with ‘Frontline Fridays’

HAMMOND, La. (September 9, 2021)—A hurricane is a hard hit for any community in the storm’s path. Add a persistent pandemic, and storm recovery creates considerable challenges for even the most resilient people. Hancock Whitney is standing with Hammond and all of the communities in Tangipahoa Parish to help the region recover from Hurricane Ida, even as COVID-19 cases rise again.

“We’ve weathered literal and figurative storms for 122 years together with the people who call Southeast Louisiana home. Our commitment is firm and longstanding,” said Hancock Whitney Senior Regional President Gary Lorio. “Local bankers and associates from across our five-state footprint are here to assist the people of Hammond and Tangipahoa Parish after the storm, and we’re investing in helping our communities come back from Hurricane Ida while they carry on the battle to beat COVID-19 with a solid ‘Louisiana Strong’ spirit.”

On Tuesday, September 7, Hancock Whitney presented a $10,000 contribution to Our Daily Bread, a food bank in Hammond helping to relieve post-storm food insecurity among some of the area’s neediest residents.

 Hancock Whitney_Our Daily Bread Donation (2021)

Fostering Food Security—Hancock Whitney associates presented Our Daily Bread food bank with $10,000 to help give some of Tangipahoa Parish’s neediest residents relief and sustenance in the wake of Hurricane Ida.


Additionally, on Tuesday, Hancock Whitney volunteers from Tangipahoa Parish and many of the bank’s out-of-state markets handed out more than 1,000 hot meals from the bank’s main Hammond financial center at 700 SW Railroad Street, starting at 10:30 a.m. until supplies ran out.

 On Friday, September 3—less than a week after Ida’s landfall, Hancock Whitney delivered 1,000 meals to North Oaks Hospital staff in Hammond as part of the bank’s ongoing Front Line Friday initiative to thank healthcare workers for their commitment, courage, and compassion in caring for COVID-19 patients for more than 20 months.

 At press time, the bank has reopened 88 percent of its financial centers in communities affected by Hurricane Ida, including all of Hancock Whitney’s locations in Tangipahoa Parish (Hammond, Ponchatoula, Kentwood, and Amite), with more reopening each day. Eighty-nine percent of affected ATMs are back in service. Clients can visit www.hancockwhitney.com/ida for real-time updates on business operations, fee waivers, loan deferrals, disaster loans, and other recovery resources for people in declared disaster zones.

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About Hancock Whitney

Since the late 1800s, Hancock Whitney has embodied core values of Honor & Integrity, Strength & Stability, and Commitment to Service, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility. Hancock Whitney offices and financial centers in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas offer comprehensive financial products and services, including traditional and online banking; commercial and small business banking; private banking; trust and investment services; healthcare banking; certain insurance services; and mortgage services. The company also operates a loan production office in Nashville, Tennessee. BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating and analysis firm, consistently recommends Hancock Whitney as one of America’s most financially sound banks. More information is available at www.hancockwhitney.com.


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