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Six-Ton Challenge: Northwest Federal Encourages Staff, Members and Community to Tip Scale at 12,000 pounds in Food Donations

Jul 28, 2014 by Lewis Wood

Northwest Federal Credit Union has set a goal to collect 12,000 pounds of non-perishable food items – or six tons of spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, canned juice and cereal boxes – by August 15 for its annual food drive. “We wanted to make a significant impact, as late summer is such a critical time for local food banks,” said Chris McDonald, President/CEO of Northwest Federal. “It’s a sizable goal, but the need is great.”

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Herndon, Va. – Northwest Federal Credit Union has set a goal to collect 12,000 pounds of non-perishable food items – or six tons of spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, canned juice and cereal boxes – by August 15 for its annual food drive.

“We wanted to make a significant impact, as late summer is such a critical time for local food banks,” said Chris McDonald, President/CEO of Northwest Federal. “It’s a sizable goal, but the need is great.”

All donations will benefit LINK, Inc., an organization providing emergency food to people in need in the Herndon, Sterling, and Ashburn, Virginia communities. During the summer months, LINK’s shelves thin out, as the many donations received during the previous holiday season run low. At the same time, the need for emergency assistance spikes as families can’t turn to school resources to provide meals for their children.  

“This will exceed what we have collected in the past, and I believe our employees, members and friends in the community are up for the challenge,” said McDonald.

Non-perishable food donations will be collected through August 15 at Northwest Federal branches in Chantilly, Gainesville, Herndon, Leesburg, Manassas and Vienna. Cash donations will also be accepted via account transfers made at branch locations, through the Credit Union’s foundation website, or by calling the Call Center at 1-866-709-8901. Every $5 donation will equal eight pounds of food.

Food items in greatest demand include pasta, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, canned and powdered milk, canned meats, soups, rice, and flour. General guidelines recommend food donations be low in sugar and sodium, and high in protein and whole grains.

To learn about Northwest Federal and its work in communities, visit www.nwfcu.org.

About Northwest Federal Credit Union

Northwest Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution ranking among the largest credit unions in Virginia and in the top 50 credit unions in the nation. Established in 1947 and headquartered in Herndon, Va.,

Northwest Federal is dedicated to providing financial services and education to its members and the community. The Credit Union currently serves more than 125,000 members and has assets in excess of $2.5 billion. For more information, visit www.nwfcu.org.

About Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation

The Foundation was established in 2004 to promote and manage Northwest Federal Credit Union’s philanthropic activities. The mission of Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation is to strengthen our community through our scholarship, mentoring and youth outreach programs. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permissible by law for those who itemize deductions. For more information, visit www.nwfcufoundation.org.

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