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Virginia CUs donate 35000 to food banks
LYNCHBURG, Va. (12/10/10)--Virginia-based credit unions have donated $35,000 to aid the state’s food banks this holiday season. The contributions were facilitated by the Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia, a nonprofit dedicated to the charitable, educational and community causes supported by Virginia’s credit unions. The funds will be used by the Federation of Virginia Food Banks to aid its associated food banks statewide.
Click to view larger image The Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia donated $35,000 to the state's food banks Tuesday. From left, are: Roger Ball, CEO of Call FCU and foundation vice chairman; Bob Petty, CEO of Bronco FCU and a foundation board member; Leslie Van Horn, executive director of Virginia Food Banks; Audrey Bollinger, CEO of Peoples Advantage FCU and foundation treasurer; David Miles, chief operating officer for the Foundation; Gerrianne Burks, CEO of Northwest FCU and foundation chair; and Rick Pillow, president of the Virginia Credit Union League and a foundation board member. (Photo provided by Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia)
“This marks the largest single donation the foundation has made to date, which was made possible by the financial support of Virginia’s 190 not-for-profit credit unions,” said David Miles, foundation chief operating officer. “Our hope is that our donation will help our local food banks keep their shelves stocked this holiday season." Leslie Van Horn, executive director of Virginia Food Banks, said the resources of the state’s food banks are stretched thin as requests for food assistance soar. “People are struggling in this economy, with many individuals and families facing the grim reality of not knowing where their next meal may come from,” she explained. “Our food banks are working tirelessly to meet a growing need and we appreciate the support of Virginia’s credit unions as we work to fulfill our mission.” The Federation of Virginia Food Banks is a state association of food banks affiliated with Feeding America. The federation comprises seven regional Virginia and Washington D.C. food banks, with facilities in 14 strategic locations. The food banks distribute more than 70 million pounds of products annually to more than one million people through 1,940 member agencies. These agencies operate programs such as soup kitchens, after-school programs, senior centers and elderly feeding programs. Collectively, Virginia’s credit unions donated more than $881,000 and 13,021 volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations in 2009, according to the Virginia Credit Union League and the foundation. The Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia was established in May 2009, and raised more than $100,000 for causes during its first year.


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