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Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia Donates $5,000 to the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula

May 7, 2014 by Lewis Wood

The Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia donated $5,000 to the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula to support various programs, including the Kids Cafe, BackPack Program, and mobile pantry initiatives that deliver food to local senior and low-income living sites.

The Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia donated $5,000 to the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula to support various programs, including the Kids Cafe, BackPack Program, and mobile pantry initiatives that deliver food to local senior and low-income living sites. Pictured (left to right): Roger Ball (Call Federal Credit Union); Rick Pillow (Virginia Credit Union League); Geri Metzger (Beach Municipal Federal Credit Union); Cliff DeMars (Blue Eagle Credit Union); David Miles (Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia); Audrey Bollinger (Peoples Advantage Federal Credit Union); Michele Benson-Howell (Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula); Joe Thomas (Fairfax County Federal Credit Union); and Paul Phillips (Freedom First Credit Union).

The Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia donated $5,000 to the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula to support various programs, including the Kids Cafe, BackPack Program, and mobile pantry initiatives that deliver food to local senior and low-income living sites. Pictured (left to right): Roger Ball (Call Federal Credit Union); Rick Pillow (Virginia Credit Union League); Geri Metzger (Beach Municipal Federal Credit Union); Cliff DeMars (Blue Eagle Credit Union); David Miles (Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia); Audrey Bollinger (Peoples Advantage Federal Credit Union); Michele Benson-Howell (Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula); Joe Thomas (Fairfax County Federal Credit Union); and Paul Phillips (Freedom First Credit Union).

CONTACT: 
Lewis Wood
Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
Virginia Credit Union League/Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia
Phone: 800-768-3344, ext. 629
Email: lwood@vacul.org  

Michele Benson-Howell
Chief Development Officer 
Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula                              
Phone 757-596-7188 
Email: mbenson@hrfoodbank.org                                               

[Hampton, VA] – April 28, 2014 – The Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia donated $5,000 to the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula to support various programs, including the Kids Cafe, BackPack Program, and mobile pantry initiatives that deliver food to local senior and low-income living sites.

"Food insecurity and hunger are painful realities for many in our communities," said Foundation Chief Operating Officer David Miles. "We appreciate the good work of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and its partner agencies in ensuring those in need don't go hungry, and salute them for the innovative programs that specifically aid young people and seniors in their service region who might not otherwise have access to nutritious meals." 

The Foodbank is a charitable organization that helps food-insecure individuals across the Greater Peninsula. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as a socioeconomic condition of limited or uncertain access to enough food to support an active, healthy lifestyle. Last fiscal year, 8.2 million meals were provided throughout their service area. Thanks to community partnerships and access to wholesale food distributors, the Foodbank will be able to turn the $5,000 donation from the Credit Unions Care Foundation into as many as 20,000 meals for those in need.

“This donation by the Credit Unions Care Foundation comes at a critical time for the Foodbank. Recently released data shows the area served by the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank remains the area with the highest rate of food insecurity in the state.  We continue to strive to develop innovative programs to serve our community and these funds will assist us in our efforts,” said Foodbank Chief Executive Officer Karen Joyner.

About The Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia

The Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia is a cooperative charitable organization founded and funded by Virginia's credit unions to further their charitable, education and community development initiatives. Learn more at www.creditunionscarefoundation.org

About the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula 

Since 1986, the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula has been providing hunger relief to the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the counties of James City, Gloucester, Mathews, Surry and York. With the support of over 200 member agencies, the organization has provided over 108 million meals in 28 years. The Foodbank is a proud member of Feeding America, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, and the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. Our vision is to inspire hope by leading the effort for a hunger free and properly nourished community. For more information, visit us online at www.hrfoodbank.org, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VAPenFoodbank, and on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/hrfoodbank.   

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