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Food Banks Running Low on Supplies; CUs can Help
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7:00 AM

In a press release issued yesterday, the North Texas Food Bank said it fears it will not be able to provide hundreds of thousands of meals for families in its service area after the week-old government shutdown has canceled 10 truckloads of USDA food and another 36 are at risk.

The North Texas Food Bank was reportedly scheduled to receive 134 truckloads of USDA food between October and February. With a total of 46 truckloads of food — or 1.8 million pounds of food — at risk, the food bank fears its service area of 13 counties will be missing as many as 305,000 meals over the next few months.

Unfortunately, the North Texas Food Bank isn’t the only one in trouble. Food banks across the country are struggling. The Fort Smith Shelter cares for children ages 6-17 who have been removed from their family homes by child welfare authorities, and serves nearly 100 meals each day. Its Executive Director Jack Moffett told the Times Record last week that the government shutdown is “taking funds ‘right out of our pockets’ and food ‘right out of our pantry’.”

Oklahoma reportedly ranks among the top 10 hungriest states in the nation, with more than 675,000 Oklahomans struggling with hunger every day. With demand expecting to increase during the holiday season, its Governor Mary Fallin last week kicked off the fourth annual Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive. The goal is to raise 1.4 million meals.

Credit unions can help fight hunger by participating in an International Credit Union Day Chapter wide food drive. On its website, the Cornerstone Credit Union League has created a page for International Day. In addition to offering suggestions on how credit unions can celebrate International Credit Union Day Oct. 17, the webpage features a food drive tool kit that includes signage for your donation box, a web banner in several different sizes, a statement insert, poster, table tent and flyer. All of these materials can be downloaded from the League’s website. The League is suggesting that the food drive run Oct. 17 – Nov. 15. If your chapter participates in the food drive, please be sure and share your results with the League, by emailing lwebb-manon@cornerstoneleague.coop.

Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October. Each year, the international event affords the opportunity to remember credit unions’ proud history and promote awareness of and support for the credit union difference. This year’s theme, “Credit Unions Unite for Good: A Better Way,” emphasizes the benefits of cooperation among credit unions worldwide. It also speaks to the powerful global network of 56,000 credit unions, which no other financial institution can claim, and the advantages that result from sharing challenges, experiences and solutions with one another to better serve members.

League-affiliated credit unions are encouraged to share how they will be celebrating International Credit Union Day, by emailing your plans to lwebb-manon@cornerstoneleague.coop.