VSECU Donates $40,000 to Vermont Foodbank

VSECU Donates $40,000 to Vermont Foodbank, Encourages Members to Contribute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2009

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Judy Stermer, Vermont Foodbank
802-477-4108
jstermer@vtfoodbank.org

Barre, VT— With its recent donation of $40,000 to the Vermont Foodbank, VSECU reaffirms its 16-year commitment to creating a hunger-free Vermont. This ongoing support is commendable, and goes far towards ensuring that Vermonters receive the nourishment they need for healthy lives.

Judy Rosenstreich, secretary of the VSECU Board of Directors and chair of its Community Contributions Committee, said credit union members and other Vermonters are also encouraged to partner with VSECU by making contributions to the Vermont Foodbank at VSECU branches and online at www.vsecu.com through December 31, 2009.

“We encourage all Vermonters – VSECU members and non-members alike – who are able, to take action and help prevent hunger in their communities,” she said.

“Vermont State Employees Credit Union has taken action against hunger in Vermont for nearly two decades now. VSECU is a leader in the fight against hunger in our state,” said John Sayles, chief executive officer of the Vermont Foodbank. “This donation and the sustaining support of VSECU is an outstanding example of good corporate citizenship and community partnership. We are so proud of our affiliation with the members and leadership of VSECU.”

During the last 10 months, the Vermont Foodbank has seen a 35-40 percent spike in demand for charitable food. Families and working people are struggling to make ends meet and are seeking food assistance in greater numbers than ever before.

“VSECU’s board of directors has recognized that current economic conditions make the need for food assistance in Vermont particularly urgent,” said Judy Rosenstreich. “VSECU is grateful to its members that their loyal support of our financial cooperative has allowed us to help others through this $40,000 donation to the Vermont Foodbank. Our long relationship with the Vermont Foodbank has allowed us to witness firsthand how effective they are in helping hungry Vermonters.”

About the Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of 280 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. In FY2009, the Vermont Foodbank distributed nearly 7.5 million pounds of food to more than 66,000 Vermonters in need. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation. To learn more about hunger in your community and to take action again hunger and poverty in Vermont, visit us on the web at www.vtfoodbank.org.