Bank Independent’s customers and employees donated more than $11,700 in cash and 970 items of non-perishable food in support of the bank’s seventh annual Food Share drive “Feed a Family for $5 with Food Share” campaign.
These donations, combined with the bank’s $10,000 debit card grocery match pledge, adds up to a total of $21,776 distributed to local food banks in North Alabama. Due to the response, more than 5,000 families were able to be fed through the Food Share collections.
“The charities we support throughout the year through our Helping Hands initiatives provide vital assistance to families undergoing hardships,” said Macke Mauldin, president and CEO of Bank Independent. “Food Share allows us to focus our efforts and impact families by meeting their most basic needs. We’re grateful to the excellent local organizations who address these needs daily.”
In comparison to this year’s drive, the sixth annual Food Share drive completed in 2019 raised more than $562 in cash donations and more than 9,850 non-perishable food items.
“We could never have anticipated the overwhelming, positive response to the ‘Feed a Family for $5’ campaign,” said Nikki Randolph, community engagement officer at Bank Independent. “While several businesses and private donors discreetly made large donations to the drive, the vast majority of cash donations were made $5 at a time either at one of our bank locations or through our PayPal donation option online.”
Food banks receiving the donations included Committee on Church Cooperation in Morgan County, the Neighborhood Christian Center in Decatur, the Departments of Human Resources of Lawrence County and Franklin County, Limestone County Churches Involved Inc., Sidney’s Safe! Foundation and The Meal Barrel Project in the Shoals, and Manna House in Huntsville.