RALEIGH — State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) added a beneficial element to its recent Annual Membership Meeting, using the event as a vehicle to drive home a big bounty for North Carolina food banks. Nearly 1,100 SECU volunteers and staff from around the state brought much needed canned and boxed food items for the cause. When the tally was completed by Food Bank officials, more than 1,400 pounds had been collected to benefit local citizens in need.
The food drive served as an extension of a current SECU Foundation project announced in August — a $1.2 million grant that will provide six million meals over the next three years to citizens served by North Carolina food banks. Funded solely by SECU members, the Foundation’s grant translates into one extra meal per year funded by each of the Credit Union’s two million members.
“We are so grateful to the members of State Employees’ Credit Union for donating over 1,400 pounds of food during their Annual Meeting,” said NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks Executive Director Alan Briggs. “This food will provide over a thousand meals to families in need. Coming fresh on the heels of the SECU Foundation grant of $1.2 million to our state’s food banks, we are reminded of the personal commitment of SECU members to the goals of the institution.”
SECU Board Chair Jim Johnson added, “The Membership Meeting provided an excellent opportunity to show support for local food banks and their efforts to combat hunger in our state. As always, SECU members responded generously to the call for help, making a substantial impact for fellow citizens with their donations.”