America First Credit Union Launches 12th Annual Community Food Drive to Serve Those in Need
Dedicated to helping the underprivileged in the communities it services, Utahâ€™s largest credit union, America First Credit Union today revs up its giving to serve others with the launch of its 12th Annual Community Food Drive, which runs through Saturday, Oct. 22. All locations throughout Utah and Southern Nevada will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to distribute to 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, and Cappallappa Family Reserve Center.
â€œThe season of giving is upon us and America First has made this annual food drive a priority as we continue our efforts to serve others, not just during the holidays, but all year long,â€ said John Lund, President and CEO of America First. â€œThe need for food in our communities is strong and once again we look for help from the community, employees and members to give what they can in both Utah and Southern Nevada as we lead into the holiday months.â€
According to the Utah Food Bank, one in six Utahns and one in five Utah children live in poverty and are unsure of when theyâ€™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 15-percent in Utah.
America First started the community food drive in 2004 and with the help of employees and members, has collected more than 130,400 pounds of food. This year, the most needed non-perishable food items include, but are not limited to canned vegetables, canned tuna fish, and 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. 22.