Fort Knox Federal Credit Union on Monday, Oct. 3 launched a food drive in conjunction with Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland to collect donated non-perishable food items to fight hunger during the holiday season.
“We have collection barrels at each of our branch locations, and we encourage our members to donate a canned good or other non-perishable food item that will be given to Feeding America and its network of local food pantries and meal programs,” said Ray Springsteen, President and CEO of Fort Knox Federal Credit Union.
All the food collected at the Fort Knox Federal branch locations will be redistributed to serve those in need through a network of charitable agencies in 42 Kentucky counties.
“By partnering with Feeding America for this food drive, donations in each county can be distributed in that county. This is just one of the many ways Fort Knox Federal gives back to the communities we serve,” Springsteen said.
The Fort Knox Federal food drive, which will continue until Dec. 31, 2016, coincides with the launch of a limited time only addition of three percent cash back rebates on grocery purchases when using a Fort Knox Federal VISA Platinum Credit Card. Like the five percent cash back on gasoline purchases at the pump and one percent rebate on all other retail purchases, the rebates on groceries will appear as a credit on the cardholder’s monthly statement. There is a cap of up to $1,000 spending per month for three percent cash back offer on groceries which is available from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016.
Over the past 34 years, Feeding America has solicited and distributed approximately 175 million pounds of food and grocery items with a combined retail value of $300 million. Initially incorporated in 1982 as Kentucky Food Bank (KFB), the organization collected and distributed 80,000 pounds within its first year of operation to five member agencies. At the time, KFB was located in a small garage on North Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown.
By 1988, KFB had surpassed one million pounds of food distributed and had outgrown its first location and moved into a warehouse donated by Bob Swope Ford. In 2000, KFB changed its name to America’s Second Harvest of Kentucky’s Heartland. By 2008, the Purchase Area Food Bank and its eight far western Kentucky counties were added as a Subsidiary Distribution Organization bringing the total number of counties served to 42.
“We’ve made a difference and continue to make a difference in people’s lives every day,” said Gary Miles, Feeding America’s Executive Director.
Feeding America is supported by United Way of Central Kentucky, Tri-County United Way and hundreds of other organizations and individuals. In turn, Feeding America provides food to 220 Emergency Feeding Programs throughout central, south central and western Kentucky as well as providing emergency food during times of disaster.
To make a donation to the Fort Knox Federal food drive, go to any of the Credit Union’s 15 branch locations throughout central Kentucky. Non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, fruits, meats, soups, cereals, dry goods of all kinds, sugar, flour, boxed meals (i.e., Hamburger Helper, etc.) as well as condiments, sauces and gravies are welcomed.
Fort Knox Federal Credit Union is a private, not-for-profit financial services cooperative and is insured by NCUA for individual deposits up to $250,000 per account. Fort Knox Federal has approximately $1.3 billion in assets currently and serves more than 93,000 members from 16 branches throughout central Kentucky. Fort Knox Federal has been awarded the BAUER FINANCIAL 5-star SUPERIOR rating for 26 consecutive years.