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CU1 is Helping Provide Holiday Meals for Families in Need

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Nov 1, 2017 4:49:26 PM

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The Food Bank of Alaska is a local organization that helps provide healthy meals for families in need throughout our state. Since 1979, they have been securing donated food for nonprofit agencies to distribute to hungry Alaskans. By donating to the Food Bank of Alaska, you’ll help positively impact the fight against hunger right here in our state!

Hunger Affects Many Alaskans

Did you know that in Alaska, 1 in 7 of your fellow community members is food insecure? This means they’re struggling to feed themselves and their families, and they rely on resources such as the Food Bank of Alaska to survive in times of need. To help ease the stress of hunger, especially during the holiday season, Credit Union 1 is raising funds and accepting One for All Rewards points donations for the Food Bank during the entire month of November. Your $1 donation could equal THREE meals for local Alaskans!

Many families impacted by hunger include friends and faces you see every day. The grandmother next door, your co-worker in the office – these fellow Alaskans depend on the Food Bank of Alaska to help feed themselves and their families. Check out the video below to see firsthand accounts of their stories.

How Your Donation Will Change Lives

In Anchorage and the Mat-Su, money donated by CU1 members will help the Food Bank buy turkeys, potatoes and fruit for Thanksgiving Blessing. During this wonderful community-wide, collaborative event, more than 2,000 volunteers distribute groceries for a complete holiday meal to families that could not otherwise afford to celebrate with a special meal. Last year, 10,625 families participated!

Donations from members in Fairbanks, Kenai, Soldotna, Nome, Kodiak and Ketchikan will be used by food banks in those communities to collect and distribute food for their neighbors in need. While there are more food insecure people living in urban Alaska, the prevalence of food insecurity is higher in rural Alaska, with rates up to 26.7%.

Double Your Donation's Impact

To show your support for the Food Bank of Alaska, you can now donate money or points at any CU1 branch or via Online Access. Plus, we’ll MATCH your One for All Rewards points donation up to 100,000 points! To donate funds in an instant, simply transfer your donation to account 457311 S1.4 CSC. To donate points, visit the More > One for All Rewards widget in Online Access and select “Transfer or Donate Points.”

Make a Donation

One for All Rewards points accrue on your account as part of your membership with CU1, and this month you can use these points to truly impact your Alaskan friends and neighbors. A 5,000 points donation equals $25 for the Food Bank, 10,000 points equals $50 and so on – and this amount is doubled by our matching donation! Whether you manage your account in-branch or online, we make it easy to donate points and change lives. Thank you for helping us feed hungry homes and make the holidays extra special for Alaskan families in need!

Learn more out the Rewards program


Karla.jpgThanksgiving is a holiday that everyone wants to celebrate. Imagine if you added up the cost of a traditional holiday meal – turkey, vegetables, potatoes, stuffing, butter, rolls, a roasting pan – and realized that if you bought all that, you couldn’t pay the rent or couldn’t afford your heating bill this month. Or what if the primary wage earner in your family was out of work right now and you barely had enough, even with unemployment, to make it month to month? Your Thanksgiving dinner menu might be mac and cheese. – Karla Jutzi, Food Bank of Alaska

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