East Texas Food Bank gets $831 donation

Published on Friday, 6 June 2014 00:03 - Written by From Staff Reports

The East Texas Food Bank received an $831 donation from the Altra Federal Credit Union as part of a national campaign. The bank raised more than $5,000 nationally with its one-day Swipe Away Hunger Campaign.

“Hunger continues to be a real problem in the communities we serve,” said Cheryl Dutton, vice president of marketing for Altra Federal Credit Union, in the written release. “Besides the financial contribution achieved by the campaign, Swipe Away Hunger also generated awareness of the increasing need our communities face in feeding the hungry.”

Altra donated $1 for every member who swiped their debit card up to $5,000 on World Hunger Day, May 28.

The first $2,500 was divided equally between five community organizations. The second $2,500 was allocated based on votes from Altra members and the community. Altra partnered with The Hunger Task Force in La Crosse, Wisconsin; Winona Volunteer Services in Winona, Minnesota; Channel One Regional Food Bank in Rochester, Minnesota; Empty Bowls Clarksville in Clarksville, Tennessee; and East Texas Food Bank in Tyler, Texas. Altra highlighted hunger statistics on their website to generate awareness of the need.

Altra’s donation of $831 to the East Texas Food Bank will help fund over 200 local agencies in the community requiring food assistance.

“The East Texas Food Bank is grateful for Altra Federal Credit Union’s support that helps to feed hungry East Texans,” said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank, in the written release. “Every dollar donated will help provide eight meals.”

To learn more, visitwww.easttexasfoodbank.org .