Credit unions uniting to help defeat hunger

Based on the success of last year’s event, Cache Valley Credit Unions this week embarked on their second annual food drive to benefit the Cache Food Pantry. It will continue through Dec. 20. Drive coordinator is Danny Brownell of Deseret First Credit Union. “We’re just asking people to come by any of the participating credit union branches,” said Brownell, “and drop off food donations or even cash donations that will help the Cache Food Pantry. All the local credit unions here in the valley are participating.” That list includes Deseret First, America First, Mountain America, Logan Medical, Logan-Cache-Rich and USU Charter Credit Union. Brownell said all branch locations will have drop off boxes ready. “Last year’s drive was a success because of the generosity of the members of each of our credit unions,” said Brownell. “We feel as a credit union organization we want to give back to the community. And what better way to do that than help those in need? “According to Matt Whittaker at the food pantry this year’s need is even greater than last year,” said Brownell. “There are a lot of people struggling with the way the economy is. We think we’re isolated from these challenges, living here in the Cache Valley, but we really aren’t.” Brownell said because credit unions are cooperative by nature, they try to help the members that belong to each their organizations. That led to this partnership. “Instead of Deseret First going out and trying to do it ourselves we approached other credit unions about joining forces, offering more locations and doing a lot more good than just one credit union alone. “This year we have asked other groups to help us, including Eccles Ice Center and the Cache Valley Figure Skating Club which will be doing their winter show in December. Both of them will be encouraging food donations at their events the next few weeks.”

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