America First Credit Union Continues the Giving With 11th Annual Community Food Drive
Riverdale, Utah – Dedicated to helping the underprivileged in the communities it services, America First Credit Union today launches its 11th Annual Community Food Drive, which runs through Saturday, Oct. 24 at all 112 Utah and Southern Nevada locations. All branches will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to distribute throughout local food pantries and food banks.
In addition to the food drive, the community-focused credit union will donate $5,000 in turkeys to Utah Food Bank in preparation for the holiday season. All collected items will be donated to the Utah Food Bank, Three Square Las Vegas, Cappallappa Family Reserve Center and Dixie Care and Share.
According to the Utah Food Bank, one in six Utahns and one in five Utah children live in poverty and are unsure of when they’ll have their next meal, and about 472,000 Utahns risk missing a meal each day. The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture report states that about 16-percent of Nevada households are food insecure and about 14-percent in Utah.
“There is a real need in our communities year after year as many struggle to provide food for their families,” said John Lund, President and CEO of America First. “For more than a decade, this food drive has helped so many and again this year, we look to members, employees and the community to give what they can in food donations during this pre-holiday time.”
The credit union started the community food drive in 2004 and with the help of employees and members, has collected more than 115,500 pounds of food. This year, the most needed non-perishable food items include, but are not limited to canned vegetables, canned tuna fish, peanut butter (no glass), among others. The public and America First members are encouraged to donate at any branch in Utah and in Nevada through Saturday, Oct. 24.